Only 40 bus stops are in bad state: PMPML report
As per the report submitted by the 15-member vigilance team formed by the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML), only 40 bus stops in the city and the suburban areas, including industrial township of Pimpri-Chinchwad, lack basic provisions such as proper seating arrangements and shelters.
The survey was conducted between April 15 and 25 after a lot of hue and cry from the citizens, municipal corporators and social activists about the poor conditions of the bus stops in the city and the industrial township. But the activists claimed the number mentioned in the report was contrary to the ground reality.
While the survey report only mentioned about the poor condition of the bus stops, it failed to explain the reasons behind it. Also, the report had no mention of calamities faced by the bus stops in the form of fire incidents and thefts. Advertisement Department Head Ramakant Bhokare, who also looks after PMPML bus stops in the city, said, “We submitted the report to the PMPML administration on April 25 and are now compiling information for further analysis. The survey shall help us plan better bus stops in the future by replacing the existing ones that are in a bad shape.”
PMPML Public Relations Officer Deepaksingh Pardeshi said there were a total of 4,364 bus stops. “The survey was conducted after allegations were levelled by MNS corporator Vasant More about giving contracts to particular contractors for construction PMPML bus stops,” Pardeshi said. Commenting on the issue, More alleged that no proper records were maintained by the PMPML officials about the existing bus stops.
“The public transport service is certainly accountable to the citizens for announcing the survey results and their time bound plan for making bus stops public friendly,” he said Founder President of PMPML Pravasi Manch Jugal Rathi said, “As per my observation, at least 100 bus stops in the city alone are in poor condition. PMPML’s advertising department, which looks after the bus stops, doesn’t pay heed to complaints made by citizens. Secondly, I doubt the credibility of the survey report, as it has been prepared by the PMPML itself.”