Pune: Relief For Passengers As PMPML Bus Service Resumes After Two-Day Strike Ends

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Sumit Singh
Pune, 7th March 2023: The two-day strike by four contractors of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has come to an end after they received Rs 66 crore in outstanding bills on Monday night. The strike had caused significant disruptions to passenger services, affecting approximately eight lakh passengers.

The remaining amount will also be paid soon, and PMPML’s bus service has resumed from today with full capacity. The end of the strike has brought relief to passengers who were inconvenienced by the strike.

“Four contractors had gone on strike due to unpaid bills. On Monday, Rs 66 crore was paid. Bus service has resumed,” confirmed Omprakash Bakoria, Chairman and Managing Director of PMPML, Pune.

The contractors had gone on strike on Sunday afternoon due to unpaid bills of Rs 99 crore for four months, leading to disruptions in the services of PMPML’s 907 buses. The Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation provided Rs 90 crore to the PMPML administration on Monday, with Rs 54 crore coming from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Rs 36 crore from the Pimpri Cheechwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC). Of this amount, Rs 66 crore was paid to the contractors, while Rs 24 crore will be given to MNGL. The bills for three months from November to January were cleared on Monday. Four contractors – Olectra, Travel Time, Anthony, and Hansa – had participated in the strike.

On Monday, various political party leaders, including Congress MLA Ravindra Dhangekar, BJP city president Jagdish Mulik, NCP city president Prashant Jagtap, spokesperson Pradeep Deshmukh, and Santosh Nangre, met with PMPML CMD Bakoria to discuss the restoration of bus services.

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