The next time you go to drop someone off at Swargate bus depot and casually park your bike somewhere on the premises, chances are that it will towed away.
Not allowed: Bikes parked at the curb at the Satara Road entrance to
the Swargate bus depot yesterday evening. Pic/Pooja Wagh
The authorities at the Maharashtra State Road Trans-port Corporation (MSRTC) and the traffic police will no longer allow parking of vehicles anywhere on the depot premises other than the designated paid-parking lots. This is being done with a view to secure the depot in wake of the recent terror attacks where several government transport facilities have been targeted.
Depot manager Vijay Kumar Divate said vehicles are parked anywhere inside the depot, which not only disturbs the movement of buses but is also an open invitation for anti-social elements. "We have also written to the traffic department to assist us in towing away vehicles whenever they are spotted. People can park in the pay-and-park facility right at the entry gate on Satara Road, but not anywhere else," he said.
The depot has one entrance from Shankarshet Road and the other from Satara Road. At the Satara Road bikes are parked unchecked. API Kundalik Kaygude from the Swargate Traffic Division said that they has not received any communication from the MSRTC authorities.
"We, however, regulate traffic around the depot and also take action as and when we receive requests from the MSRTC. We will approach the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for putting up a 'No Parking' sign at important places in the depot the moment we receive any formal intimation," said Kaygude.
The Swargate bus depot still awaits critical security apparatus like bag scanners and CCTV cameras as the proposal has still been pending with the Mumbai head office. Sources said that manning the security equipment requires additional staff and recruitments are only done from the head office.