Although the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mandal Limited (PMPML) passed a fare hike proposal last week to make up for the losses it was incurring every month,but the transport body has adopted a casual approach towards the recovery of outstanding bills with the other bodies that run in crore,activists said.
An activist said the total amount of outstanding bill should at least be around Rs 35 crore,higher than the estimated annual loss of Rs 23 – 28 crore incurred by the PMPML.
A recent RTI query filed by an activist revealed that the Pune police owes PMPML Rs 8.5 crore for a transport scheme. Under the scheme,police and the PMPML had signed an agreement which allows police to travel using public transport without buying tickets. The police are supposed to pay a certain amount every year to the PMPML,which they never paid.
The scheme was launched in 2004. Since then till December 2011 the total amount that the police was supposed to pay the PMPML was Rs 11.25 crore,of which the police paid Rs 2.75 crore in March this year, activist Jugal Rathi said.
He said the PMPML also failed miserably in recovering pending rent amounting to Rs 10 crore from many commercial organisations.
The Pune Municipal Corporation and the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation also owes Rs 20 crore to the transport body for concessional transport service to students and around Rs 5 crore for free transport service to PMC employees, he said.
Rathi said if all the money is recovered,then it would be of great help to the transport body,but they do not seem serious about it. In fact,the PMPMLs office-bearer seem to think that it is easier to rob the poor commuters than recover rightful money from public and private bodies, he added.