Pune: PMPML Revises Bus Scrapping Policy To Extend Fleet Life

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Pune, 11th September 2023: The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has implemented a revised bus scrapping policy following the auctioning of 610 buses and the generation of ₹13.38 crores in revenue over the past two years. The new policy aims to prolong the service life of PMPML buses from 10 to 12 years, preventing a further reduction in the fleet.

Between January 2020 and December 2022, PMPML scrapped a total of 610 buses, with 449 of them being auctioned. During this period, the organization accumulated ₹13.38 crores in revenue. Additionally, 358 new buses were introduced to the existing fleet, which currently comprises 2,089 buses.

The policy adjustment arises from concerns regarding the diminishing number of buses in the PMPML fleet. Initially, 325 buses aged over 10 years were scheduled for scrapping, a move that would have exacerbated the fleet’s depletion.

In response, the administration has chosen to update the bus scrapping policy, now requiring buses to be retired after 12 years of service and having covered 8.40 lakh kilometers. This aligns with a directive from the state Regional Transport Authority, specifying that, with the exception of Mumbai, transport buses in all districts and cities should only be scrapped after 12 years of service.

PMPML’s decision follows recent resolutions by its board of directors to acquire more CNG-operated buses, introduce new routes, and amend the bus scrapping policy. The revenue generated from the scrapped buses will be reinvested in enhancing PMPML’s infrastructure, including the procurement of new buses, as announced by the PMPML PRO office.


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