Pune is in dire need of an efficient public transport system. Citizens will gladly use buses, instead of private vehicles, if the PMPML gets as good as BEST in Mumbai. But there has been a lack of intention and continuity when it comes to appointing officials to run the transport business in Pune. Presidents and CEOs change frequently, and some even get terms of a few months. The system will not improve just by developing another business plan. The changes must be seen on the ground. As the work of the Pune metro is progressing steadily, the PMPML must become an efficient and economically viable food service.
Pune: The PMPML’s new business plan may have gotten the approval of its board of directors, but failed to impress transport activists, with most of them claiming that several of these proposals had already been made and rejected.
Rajendra Jagtap, Chairman and CEO of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMMPL), said the transportation service’s business plan targets key strategies, such as ways to increase revenue while reducing expenses, lower labor costs, more ridership, energy efficiency, revenue through advertising, mobile ticketing and pass system. “The business plan has been approved and will be available on the PMPML website,” he added.
In 2015, Shrikhar Pardeshi, then chairman and CEO of PMPML, launched a business plan that never saw the light of day, a source said.
“There have been many business plans, but the implementation part is missing. The same company, which drew up the new business plan, had also prepared the previous one. There have been several changes since 2015, when new CMDs took over. In 2017, another plan was rejected by the former president and CEO of PMML, Tukaram Mundhe, calling it unworkable, ”an official from the transport organization told TOI.
Jagtap’s response to the lack of implementation was expected until going to press.
In 2019, the PMPML had developed a business plan developed by the same company whose previous proposal had been rejected. A senior official said the company was arrested because it knew about the workings of the PMPML. “We have a long-standing agreement with the company and preparing a business plan is not an easy task. It was a better idea to let the company do it, rather than going out to tender and starting the process all over again, ”the official said.
Sanjay Shitole, activist and active member of PMP Pravasi Manch, said: “The PMPML should show all of its cards and tell us how many business plans have been finalized, which company has prepared them, how much money the utility has. spent on proposals. and what happened to the ideas.
He told TOI: “The PMPML needs to work with different stakeholders, be they activists and transport experts, relevant departments and agencies and develop a plan, rather than entrust liability to a private company. ”
In one look
Highlights of PMPML’s Current Business Plan
* Reach 2.7 million passengers by 203
* A total of 3600 buses by 2030
* 100% bus coverage to PMC, PCMC and cantonment areas
* A maximum waiting time of 5 minutes for transit
* A 100% low-emission bus fleet
* Achieve and guarantee zero fatal accidents
* Planning and scheduling based on 100% software data
* Minimum number of failures
* 90% fleet utilization
* To ensure that 10% of revenue comes from non-tariff revenue
* Reduction of canceled kilometers
Pre-pandemic terrestrial reality
* Currently, PMPML passenger traffic (before the pandemic) was resting at 10.47 lakh per day
* The use of the fleet of buses rented from PMPML is greater than that of buses belonging to PMPML
* The gap between income and expenditure was Rs23 crore in 2011-12, which increased to Rs315 crore in 2019-20
* According to the PMPML, the estimated cumulative losses of the PMPML for the next 10 years will be close to Rs 9,600 crore
* The current fleet size consists of around 2,300 buses, but only around 1,400 buses are left on the streets daily (hours before the pandemic)