THE PUNE Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has made it mandatory for commuters to produce a government issued identity card while purchasing daily passes to check misuse of passes. The last three digits of the i-Card will be printed on the daily pass to stop the buyers from handing them out to others after finishing their journey — a phenomenon noticed by the transport body since it slashed the pass price. The new system will go into effect from October 15.
The PMPML had decided to reduce the price of the daily pass from Rs 70 to Rs 50 to mark the first anniversary of the Rainbow BRT system. The experiment was supposed to last only for a fortnight from August 14 to August 31. However, it was extended until February 2017 due to encouraging response received from users. The daily pass sales have risen over six-fold since rates were slashed.
While on the one hand the popularity of the passes went up, on the other, the PMPML also started receiving complaints of passengers misusing the passes. Some of the passengers were selling the passes for Rs 20 to 30 to others after they were done with their day’s travel. Some conductors employed by the transport body themselves were found indulging in the collection and re-sale of used passes. “Taking this into account we decided to sell the passes only after users produced of a government issued identity card. The re-sale of the pass can be checked by printing the last three digits of the identity card produced by the user on the daily pass. This will stop the re-sale of the pass which is strictly non-transferable,” said Subhash Gaikwad of PMPML.
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PMPML had initially planned to implement this scheme from October 11 but had to postpone as changes in the setting of the Electronic Ticket Issuing Machines were pending. Despite employing squads and special teams to check the re-sale of the passes, the PMPML had failed to check the practice, which led to losses to the transport body. Among acceptable identity documents are PMPML i-Card, Adhaar Card, Voter’s ID, Driving Licence, PAN Card, Passport and ID issued by a Government employer.