Pune: Pune’s much-awaited metro project has been in progress for the last six to seven years, and the city’s residents are eagerly awaiting its completion. The project promises to revolutionize public transportation in the city and make travel more convenient and efficient for commuters. However, as the work on the metro progresses, there have been some concerns raised about the impact on other modes of public transportation. Therefore, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s women cell president and women activists met Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) head Omprakash Bakoria.
One of the main concerns that have been raised is a need to re-install bus stops (shelters) that have been removed or damaged due to the construction of the metro stations. This has made it difficult for commuters to wait at the bus stops, and the city’s public transportation provider, PMPML, needs to take steps to address this issue. Additionally, there have been calls to introduce buses with smaller capacities that can operate even if the passenger count is low.
Another concern that has been raised is the financial sustainability of the public transport system. PMPML has been running at a loss for some time now and there is a need for the organization to take steps to address this issue. And also inquired about online facilities for passengers to know the bus timetable and make the system more efficient and cost-effective.
Vanita Wagaskar, the women cell president of the MNS, recently met with PMPML officials to discuss these concerns. She expressed her concern about the damaged bus stops and called for urgent action. “The bus stops at metro stops are in damaged conditions, the reason people are not able to wait at the bus stop. Also, PMPML public transportation is not making good profit, therefore we asked them about the majors they are taking to make it more effective,” she said.
In response to these concerns, the PMPML Chairman and Managing Director assured that new bus stops would be installed after the completion of the metro project.