Two PMPML divisions will ensure better control
PMPML must be the only transport undertaking in the country which is providing service to two cities,three cantonments and areas outside city limits. Recently,we had suggested PMPML to form separate divisions – one for city,PCMC areas and cantonments and second for areas outside city limits. However,we have not received any reponse from the transport utility. Also,Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi who is keen on bringing about changes in PMPML has not responded. We expect him to take up the issue with the PMPML board.Commuter organisations are of the opinion that the two divisions will have several operational advantages with better control and will result in improvement of PMPML services.The city buses should terminate at city outskirts. The divisions should be treated as separate profit centres with different set of bus fleet and staff. City service division should provide required financial support. Bus fleet strength should be as per norms (50 buses per lakh population) for division responsible for providing service outside city. As the division will provide service to distant towns and rural areas outside city limits (which normally should have been the responsibility of MSRTC),the state government should provide funds to purchase buses,operation,maintenance and required infrastructure.
Confusion on ordinance
The incident where Rahul Gandhi made a surprise visit at a press conference on ordinance has confused the citizens of this country. Gandhi should not have expressed his views on the manner as he did by stating the ordinance as an utter nonsense,required to be torn and thrown away. Does the vice-president of this national party and the potential Prime Ministerial candidate means to say the cabinet ministers who gave the nod to the ordiance are unworthy. He could have expressed his opposition much earlier when the ordinance was being deliberated upon. It appeared that Rahul Gandhi was not voicing his own opinion,but did so at the instance of others. The people of this country expect leaders of a national party to have well considered opinions and ideas.
Major Mathew Oommen(Retd)
Ties with Bangla
I fully endorse the views expressed by Shekhar Gupta in his open letter to Narendra Modi. In all probabilities,Modis aspirations will be fulfilled. In that case,ratification of the bilateral agreement with Bangladesh by our Lok Sabha requiring two-third majority will give a major boost to our relations with this neighbour,which is fortunately inclined to improve ties with us.
I hope Modi will not allow partition politics to come in the way of national interest. I also hope Mamata Banerjee endorses the decision which will solve a long-standing problem. Similarly,broad view has to be taken on the Testa river dispute.
S V Belsare,Vishrantwadi