NCP stalling implementation of Pune 'transport hub'

The much-awaited ‘transport hub’ proposal is now waiting for the approval of NCP leaders, who have pushed back its implementation by forwarding it for discussion at the General Body (GB) meeting next month. The proposal would have been approved if it had got the green signal from NCP leaders in their recent meeting.

Raring to go: About 4,000 state transport buses will not enter city limits after the new proposal is passed. Pic/Krunal Gosavi

Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) traffic planning department has prepared the detailed project report for the transport hub and submitted it to party leaders for approval. However, it seems that NCP leaders are not in the favour of the proposal. PMC’s traffic planner Shriniwas Bonala had earlier assured that the work on the transport hub would start this month but that is not to be.

According to the proposal, dedicated terminals (transport hub) will be established on vacant land plots of Octroi booths at six locations across the city to decentralise state and public transport. State transport (ST) and private buses will not halt at PMPML depots, and stop all operations to Swargate, Shivajinagar and other depots would come up for these hubs. These terminals will help decentralise the operation of buses used for transporting commuters to and from Pune city across the state.

There will be terminals at Shindewadi, Balewadi, Phugewadi, Aundh, Bhekrainagar and Shewalewadi. The terminals will be equipped with several passenger-friendly facilities like canteens, shelters, toilets, parking etc in a phased manner. It will help to reduce traffic congestion of the city as over 4,000 buses stop entering the city.

“We had sent the proposal for review at the party leader’s meeting. But they wanted it on the GB agenda. So now the decision will be taken after a consensus at the GB meeting,” said Mayor Vaishali Bankar.

PMC officials now have to wait for the implementation of the proposal. Subhash Jagtap, NCP leader in the PMC, said, “We want to discuss this proposal and want some clarifications. In our meeting no PMC official was present. That is why we have placed this proposal on the GB agenda.”

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