Saturday, December 13, 2008

World Bank to help improve Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited

Having agreed to work with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to assess projects like the metro and the mono rail as well as offering Rs 100 crore for non-motorised transport initiatives, the World Bank (WB) has now decided to also help improve the civic public transport facilities

How to bring about qualitative changes in the public transport facilities?

On a routine day, the transport body runs 1,050 buses.

It is unable to put more vehicles on the road because this is the maximum number of buses available with them and also because around 200 have to be spared for routine maintenance on rotation.

While PMPML authorities admit there is a shortage of buses around 500 to be precise they do not have the financial resources to buy new ones.

Considering that the population of Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, the two cantonment areas and the fringe areas is around 42 lakh, there is definite need of 1,700 buses.

However, over the last six months, the only addition has been of 162 buses taken on lease.

The PMC and PMPML officials made a presentation to the WB representatives and discussed about the possibility of a loan for improving the civic transport.

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PMPML AT A GLANCE

Total number of buses: 1,260

Operational fleet: 1,050

Total kms covered daily: 2.4 lakh

Number of passengers daily: 8.3 lakh

Total number of routes: 260

Daily average earning: Rs 60 lakh

Daily average expenditure: Rs 75 lakh

Daily losses: Over Rs 15 lakh

Expenditure per km per bus: Rs 37

Earning per km per bus: Rs 27

Number of buses required: Around 1,700

Current gap in number of buses required: 500

The Times of India

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Pune Municipal Corporation to speed up the work on the cycle track along the Bus Rapid Transit System pilot route of Swargate-Katraj-Hadapsar

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) plans to complete the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) pilot route of Swargate-Katraj-Hadapsar and the cycle track by December-end.

World Bank (WB) has decided give Rs 100 crore to the PMC to encourage its non-motorised transport initiatives.

the BRTS and the cycle track on the stretch between Panchami hotel to Laxminarayan theatre will be completed immediately.

Additional city engineer (roads) Vivek Kharwadkar told TOI that the WB delegation was pleased with the civic body's efforts to initiate cycle tracks. "The WB funds would be mainly used for non-motorised transport. We are focusing on cycle tracks along with the BRTS route and hope to complete it soon." The Times of India

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Railways plans to run local trains between Pune and Lonavla every 15 minutes during selected hours

At present, four electric multiple units (EMUs), better known as local trains, shuttle 40 times between Pune and Lonavala every day, catering to about one lakh commuters.

Divisional Railway Manager D K Jain:

“We have drawn up a plan to run local trains between Pune and Lonavla every 15 minutes during selected hours,” says Jain. “During peak hours, in the morning and evening, one train every 15 minutes can be run,” said Jain.

March 31, 2009:

The Central Railway plan, however, hinges on completion of the automatic signalling system and conversion from DC (direct current) system to AC (alternative current).

“Compared to AC, DC system is less efficient, as there is extra energy consumption. DC system is maintenance-prone and can't take extra load. On the other hand, AC system is more efficient and scores over DC system on several counts,” says Jain.

Both projects are likely to be completed by March 31 next year.

Between Lonavala and Daund!:

According to Jain, once the automatic signalling and DC-to-AC conversion work are over, they would look at the possibility of completion of electrification work so that local trains could be run directly between Lonavala and Daund. “This might take two years.”

12 coaches:

Also on the cards are more compartments for local trains. “We want to increase the coaches in local trains from nine to 12. A proposal has been sent to the Central Railway general manager in this connection. Since Mumbai now has additional rakes, we are hopeful of getting extra coaches soon,” adds Jain.

"Why not one train every five minutes?"

Harsha Shah, president of the Railway Pravasi Sangh says, “Why 15 minutes? Why not one train every five minutes?”

“If railways have the will, they can do it by rescheduling long distance trains and implementing commuter-specific programmes. If a local train is available every five minutes, I am sure our roads will witness less traffic jams and fewer accidents,” she said.
To read more, please, visit - Express India

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to construct the longest flyover in Pune district near the Empire Estate in Chinchwad

Speaking to TOI, Dilip Kudale, co-ordinator of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) cell, said the civic body has received a sanction from the Union government to build the flyover under this scheme.

The PCMC has received Rs 442.60 crore for developing two Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridors one from Nashik phata to Wakad and the second 11.2-km long corridor from Kalewadi to Dehu-Alandi.

Kudale said, "The flyover near Empire Estate, on the old Pune-Mumbai highway, is part of the Kalewadi to Dehu-Alandi BRTS corridor. The total width of this stretch will be 45 metre. Meanwhile, the total length of the flyover will be 1.9 km, while the width will be around 27 metre."

He added, "The flyover will have six lanes and the width of each lane will be 3.5 metre. One lane on each side of the road divider will be marked for BRTS buses. There will be a cycle track on both sides of the flyover, measuring 2.5 metre. There will also be 1.5 metre wide footpath."

The main roads in the township Dehu-Alandi road, old Pune-Mumbai highway, Aundh-Ravet road, Telco road and westerly bypass are in the east-west direction. The Kalewadi to Dehu-Alandi BRTS corridor will run in the north south direction and connect all these roads.

"The flyover will begin in Kalewadi and cross the Pavana river, Pimpri-Chinchwad link road, Pune-Lonavla railway line and the old Pune-Mumbai highway and end near Autocluster in Chinchwad", said Kudale.

The traffic congestion on the Indira Gandhi flyover in Pimpri is expected to reduce, since people from Kalewadi and nearby areas, who have to cross the railway tracks, and the old Pune-Mumbai highway will use the new flyover.

"The flyover will be built on a 45-metre-wide road as per the Development Plan. Since, the PCMC is in possession of the land, there is no problem of land acquisition," said Kudale.

However, since permission from the railways is necessary to construct a flyover over railway tracks, he said, "We have sent letters to the railways seeking permission. We have also held talks with railway officials in this regard."

"The municipal commissioner has given the go-ahead for inviting tenders for this project. The expected cost of the project is around Rs 80 crore," said Kudale.
-The Times of India

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Railway Protection Force plans to implement an integrated security scheme at Pune railway station

Rs 4.5 crore advanced security system:

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has already erected two bunkers at the Pune railway station and plans to erect four more within a week. Vapour detectors will be installed at major stations to detect presence of bombs.

The integrated security scheme (ISS) plan envisages increasing manpower, putting all entry and exit points under surveillance, erecting security wall around railway stations and using X-Ray machines for checking bags.

The stations will also get close circuit cameras, night vision cameras, cameras with high specifications, well-equipped control rooms, door frame metal detectors, hand-held metal detectors and bomb detection units.

Other safety devices include semi-automatic and automatic weapons, bullet-proof jackets, helmets and sniffer dog squads.

By the end of this financial year, the Pune station will be equipped with all these security gears. To read more, please, visit - Pune station to get Rs 4.5 cr security upgrade

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