Pune, October 21, 2020: Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there have been massive losses to the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) which runs city transport buses.
In an attempt to revive the business, PMPML has decided to charge Rs 5 for journey upto 5 kilometres under Aligning Transit on All Lanes (ATAL) bus service. “These feeder buses will be available every five minutes under five kilometres for just five rupees”, informed Rajendra Jagtap, Chairman and Managing Director, PMPML.
According to PMPML, as many as 37 new routes have been added to the list as well. These 37 routes have been added keeping the difficulties faced by the citizens in reaching the bus depot. The frequency of long-distance buses is low. Therefore, passengers had to wait for a longer duration for the same route bus to arrive. However, with the ATAL bus service, uninterrupted services will be experienced by the commuters.
PMPML officials said, “If a bus from Swargate to Pimpri-Chinchwad leaves, there will be no need to wait for the same number bus again. ATAL Seva buses from Swargate to Shivajinagar will be available in 5 minutes, and from there it will be possible to go to Shimla Office, Shivajinagar for Rs 5. This will save passengers time and money.”
“We have taken this decision to avoid congestion in the city as well. This will also allow passengers to maintain physical distancing in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic”, said Jagtap.
In order to make it easy to identify the buses, the officials informed, “ATAL feeder buses will be immediately noticeable as it is a midibus of a specific colour. This bus service can also be used through the PMPML mobile app. The GPS lets you know the location of the running bus.”
Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol said, “We are delighted to introduce this innovative scheme on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra to provide speedy, assured travel to ordinary Punekars at just Rs 5 through Atal bus service scheme.”
“Through these buses, ATAL Seva will be convenient for all citizens, especially students, traders and employees. Also, this scheme will help in reducing the congestion of vehicles on the road”, said Hemant Rane, Chairman, Standing Committee, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).