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PMC forcing PMPML to start services on unfinished routes

While Pune's transport body is waiting for the civic authority to finish its share of infrastructural work on bus routes, civic body insists work is complete except for terminals

The Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) proposed for the city continues to elude citizens, thanks to gaping holes in infrastructure, which the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) — with its special perceptive powers — sees as complete.

PMPML bus
The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has alleged that most of the work that the civic body is supposed to do on the proposed bus corridors is pending, but civic officials are not ready to accept this. File Pic

The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has alleged that most of the work that the civic body is supposed to do on the proposed bus corridors is pending, but civic officials are not ready to accept that it is yet to be carried out. The PMC, meanwhile, claims that almost all the work is done, and that PMPML should start the service right away.

PMPML chief executive officer Mayura Shindekar, “We are doing an overall review of the project to see what infrastructures are pending and whether the safety audit suggestions have been met. We want to sort out the issues as soon as possible so the BRTS can be started. But without having proper infrastructure in place, the service cannot be started.”

Furthermore, the civic authority is not even considering the road safety audit of BRT corridors, which was done by an IIT-Powai team in December 2013. Instead, it is simply pressurising PMPML to start the bus services as early as possible, transport officials claimed.

Responding to the disagreement, PMC additional municipal commissioner Omprakash Bakoria told mid-day, “From our side, we have almost completed all the infrastructural work. Only the issue of terminus points is pending; the rest is all done. We are in a position to start the service. Still we want to review the road safety audit suggestions and see what is pending so that the service can be started soon.”

Phase I — W.I.P.

Estimated budget: Rs 27 crore In the first phase of work, which was started in September 2012, work was carried out on two roads of the Kothrud-to-Vishrantwadi leg of the project, that is, Alandi Road and Nagar Road. But citizens are waiting for the services to be started, thanks to unfinished work.

The BRTS project
PMC has identified four potential BRTS corridors, which are together almost 68 km in length:
>> Warje to Kharadi: 22 km
>> Kothrud depot to Vishrantwadi: 17 km
>> Dhayari to Hadapsar Gadital: 17 km
>> Kalewadi Phata to Katraj: 17.5 km

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