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.
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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