Pune: PMPML Plans To Provide Buses Every 5 Minutes 

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Pune, June 3, 2021: According to the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited’s (PMPML) newly approved business plan, a bus will be available every five minutes at the stops for passengers. If the plan is implemented properly, the PMPML can stabilize in the next 15 years.

The PMPML, which provides transport services to Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, three cantonment boards and 100 villages in the district, has for the first time drawn up a business plan for the next five to fifteen years.

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The Central government has funded the PMPML to expand its services and add more buses to its fleet. The PMPML fleet currently has 2,316 buses. Of which, 1,383 buses run on routes. If 3,662 buses become available in the jurisdiction of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and the three cantonment boards by 2031-32, the number of passengers could reach around 28 lakh.

However, as per the approved plan, there would be 3,662 buses in the fleet and at least 3,214 of them would run on the routes (about 90 per cent). At that time, the population will be around 82 lakh. Of this, 28 lakh citizens are expected to use the PMPML buses. The plan also stipulates that 10 percent of PMPML’s total revenue should come from sources other than tickets.

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Measures to increase income

1. To increase the advertising revenue.

2. To develop 181 acres of PMPML land.

3. To increase the number of passengers.

4. Reduce fuel cost.

5. If the number of accidents decreases, the claims will decrease.

6. If modern technology is used, distribution of passes through mobile phones will be possible.

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Savings from modern technology

Using modern technology for ticket checking on the lines of metro train services can reduce manpower costs and save PMPML’s revenue worth around Rs 1,000 crore in the next ten years. Similarly, reducing the breakdown of buses, increasing the number of buses running on electricity or CNG can reduce fuel consumption.

By 2031-32, the revenue collected from PMPML tickets and passes is expected to be Rs 1566 crore.

The current measures for tickets and passes could cost Rs 585 crore. However, if modern technology and computer systems are used, the cost could be Rs 289 crore after 10 years.

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