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Mayura Shindekar: The driving force behind Pune’s BRTS

Shindekar has served as CEO with Jejuri and Mahabaleshwar municipal councils and at YASHADA.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: March 8, 2016 4:13 am

In less than a year, Pune has unfolded three BRTS routes, all of which are operating successfully with commuter response growing by the day. Heading the big challenge is Mayura Shindekar, the CEO of PMPML’s BRTS cell.

“We have successfully implemented three BRTS routes and are working on starting two more in the near future,” said Shindekar, an MPSC officer. In the past few months, two BRTS routes have been started in Pimpri-Chinchwad and one in Pune city.

Shindekar said that the cell faced several challenges in getting the BRTS on its tracks. “Whether it was installing ITMS on BRTS routes, getting bus stations or coordinating with civic bodies, we got it all right. And in the end, the three BRTS routes got operational,” she said. Shindekar said that it was only after the pilot BRTS, that the cell got to know the problems and ironed them out with relentless pursuit.

Shindekar has served as CEO with Jejuri and Mahabaleshwar municipal councils and at YASHADA. “Each place has its own unique problem. For instance, while in Pune, transport is among the biggest problems, Jejuri had severe water shortage. And Mahabaleshwar was about ensuring increased tourism,” she said.

The decision-making power, says Shindekar, gives the biggest job satisfaction. “When you are in such a position, you are bestowed with powers to take decisions for the larger benefit of people. And when you take a decision and the outcome is successful, it gives a sense of satisfaction,” she says.

Shindekar has undergone a year’s training in sustainable development in Germany. The state government had specially selected her for the training. “In Germany, free bus services are provided in the central part of the city. This is aimed at preventing private vehicles from plying in the area and reducing pollution levels. This experiment can be implemented in Pune city too in chaotic areas like Laxmi Road or Fergusson College Road,” she says.

Shindekar says that her family has been her biggest support. “Be it my husband or my in-laws, they have supported me all along. The urge for social service was always there in me. Nobody pushed me into the state service, I came on my own,” says the mother of a school-going child.

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  1. A
    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:17 am
    BRTS is the joke of the town. Don't go to Germany. Go to Ahmedabad to learn how to implement BRTS in Indian setting. I daily commute Pune-Solapur road to magarpatta. The BRTS lanes have killed several people on that route and damaged thousands of vehicles. Not to mention the daily traffic chaos ! Stop publishing such stupid articles Indian express 😡
    1. P
      Mar 8, 2016 at 12:35 am
      The BRTS implementation is poor and has increased the commuters problems many folds. Example this the BRTS just after Hinjewadi bridge. It makes the point bottleneck and leads to jams. BRTS bus frequency is very very low and does not make sense for blocking the chunk of road for it. This is done without proper planning and essment...
      1. A
        Mar 8, 2016 at 10:19 am
        BRT is worst project.......plete waste of tax payers money. Hopeless people.
        1. Abhijit Mishra
          Mar 8, 2016 at 6:49 am
          I always wanted to know whose dumb idea it is, causing so much of confusion and accidents and traffic jams all around the city. So many voices against this project. clear signs of corruption and wastage of resources. She must have real good support to fulfill this silly dream. Its clear from her statement that she enjoys her powers. Dump her and her project too. I wonder how Indian express can even think of appraising such disaster!!
          1. Meenakshi Hardikar
            Mar 8, 2016 at 12:09 pm
            Worst idea and dumb implementation ! Why would someone write an article on this glorifying the dumb work?
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