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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