Pune: Hundreds of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal (PMPML) bus passengers are facing hardships by standing under the scorching sun on the Aundh- Ravet and Dapodi-Nigdi roads on a daily basis, as the transport authorities have removed the existing bus sheds on these routes to make way for the new Bus Rapid Transit Service (BRTS).
A 13-km stretch from Dapodi to Nigdi on the old Pune-Mumbai highway is the first BRTS route in Pimpri Chinchwad. There are 19 bus shelters on this stretch and the work has been going on for the past seven years. On the other hand, the work order of Aundh- Ravet BRTS was issued in September 2008 and it was to be completed by March 2010. However, due to land acquisition issues, the project has been delayed. As these routes are yet to be made operational, hundreds of passengers including women and senior citizens are compelled to stand in the open to face the sweltering heat. As per the records of PMPML, 103 buses ply on these routes with 1,200 trips everyday.
In order to provide some relief to passengers, several corporators of PCMC have installed pandals as temporary sheds. Sheetal Shinde, corporator of Ramkrishna More Auditorium ward in Chinchwad said, “I too have complained about the absence of bus shelters on the Aundh-Ravet road and have constructed small pandals for the commuters, as it is impossible to stand under the sun for hours.”
Civic activists too have slammed PMPML authorities for the shoddy work. They said that the debris of construction is lying on the routes due to which the buses have to take normal route instead of BRTS, which adds to the traffic woes of commuters.
When contacted, Sunil Gawali, traffic manager of PMPML, said, “There are no bus sheds as of now but we will be constructing better shelters soon, which will have a booth for information, ticketing and will provide lights at night as well.”
Official request from Senior Citizens Forum to PMPML officials.
Senior Citizen forum request for a PMPML Bus Stop with sheds on old Pune Mumbai highway. PMPML buses go till Wadgaon on old Pune-Mumbai highway. Also there are some buses from Nigdi to Talegaon. People are suffering and they have to wait for buses in the harsh sun as, there are no official shelters put up by PCMC on this route. There is an urgent need of bus-stops with shades so that commuters won't have problems in monsoon as well.