The ever chaotic traffic situation at Hinjewadi is likely to ease with the PMPML all set to come up with a bus depot to check the problem. The move aims to ensure no traffic problem arises out of buses halting or being parked at the main junction. The agency also hopes to increase frequency of the buses.
The traffic problem at Hinjewadi has been the main issue of the area as thousands of citizens daily travel to the Information Technology (IT) Park for work.
The lack of an efficient public transport system had forced many IT companies to start their own bus or cab service for employees.
Many of the employees are also forced to use private vehicles to travel to office.
As a result,the PMPML buses halting at the main junction and the fleet of buses of various IT companies,along with the rush of private vehicles,have been leading to frequent traffic jams in the area.
The issue of traffic jam and poor public transport system have been under discussion at various level. The PMPML was also part of the discussion to resolve the issue, said Prashant Jagtap,Chairman and Managing Director,PMPML.
Stating that the PMPML has been able to take steps to ease the situation,he said: The PMPMLs demand for land to set up a depot has been accepted by MIDC. We will have to pay Rs 58 lakh to MIDC for a 1.25-acre land on a lease of 90 years.
Jagtap said the availability of land for the PMPML depot was going to help in a big way as buses would not halt or be parked on the road or at the junction.
He said Hinjewadi was a profitable route with buses going to and coming from there always running to their full capacity.
But despite a good response,the PMPML has not been able to increase the frequency of buses due to the traffic problem. The PMPML is prepared to introduce AC buses to Hinjewadi but cannot do it because of the safety issue involved,in the absence of parking facility for the buses at night. Once the depot comes up,the frequency of buses will be increased and the AC fleet will roll on, he said,adding that this was also likely to increase the revenue of PMPML by 10 times on the route.
Welcoming the decision,S K Kulkarni of Hinjewadi Industries Association said there had been discussions on easing the traffic situation in Hinjewadi,though he was unaware of the allotment of land made for a PMPML depot.
IT professional Madhu Singh said she had to use her own conveyance as the frequency of PMPML buses from her residence in Bhosari was less.
Traffic jam is common during morning and evening hours in Hinjewadi. It is the PMPML buses that mainly cause the jam as they are parked on the road. The depot would definitely reduce the traffic chaos and also encourage many to avail of the public transport system if the frequency of buses is increased, she said.
Another IT professional Shrickant Joshi said: I have to travel a distance to catch the office bus as it takes a specific route,halts at specific locations and only at a specific time.
The increased frequency of PMPML buses will give me an option to travel to office by public transport.