PMPML suspends E-bus facility at Sinhagad Fort, for now

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The services will be resumed after the infrastructure is upgraded, said Chetna Kerure, JMD, PMPML

Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) announced its decision to suspend services of E-buses from Tuesday.  

 “The service which started on a trial basis on May 2 received a good response, however narrow roads, sharp turns and running buses on the upward road were taking on high toll on the charge of the buses. There is a requirement for more charging points and road widening to make the journey more comfortable for the public,” stated the PMPML release.

 “The service will be suspended until 7-meter buses are not available. Currently, we have 9-metre buses which are facing problems while taking turns on steep roads. From Tuesday, one can go to Singhad like they were going earlier on two-wheelers and four-wheelers,” said Rahul Patil, deputy conservator of forest, Pune.

A total of 7,685 people visited Sinhagad Fort on Sunday, May 15, 2022 with 24 buses doing 209 trips collecting a total cash of Rs 3,62,600.

“Looking at few minor accidents that happened in the last 15 days, there is also a need to upgrade infrastructure like road widening and providing more power supply for charging. Now we know all the loopholes and once we upgrade the facility, service will start once again,” said Chetna Kerure, joint managing director, PMPML.

On weekends, 25 buses were in operation while on weekdays 10 buses were operating.

 “On Sunday evening, one person who returned from top threw a stone at the back glass of the bus causing damage. No person suffered any injury. We have raised this issue with the forest authority,” added Kerure.Show quoted text