PMPML move to hike bus fares draws flak from activists

The Pune Buses Pravasi Suvidha Sangathana (PBPSS) has opposed the fare hike approved by the board of directors of PMPML.

Written by Express News Service | Published:February 28, 2013 2:12 am

The Pune Buses Pravasi Suvidha Sangathana (PBPSS) has opposed the fare hike approved by the board of directors of PMPML.

“The hike in fares is unfair and should not be approved by the Regional Transport Authority,” said retired Colonel RD Singh,founder-president of PBPSS.

“Only four months ago the PMPML ticket rates where hiked. Even then we had submitted a memorandum to the authorities along with a letter signed by over 200 people to roll back the hike. They had even proposed to cancel the passes availed by senior citizens and other regular passengers,” Singh said.

The consistent increase in bus fare hike is very hard on the common man,Singh said. “The value added tax on diesel should be removed so that the fare prices come down. We also think that if there is a system that does not allow ticket-less passengers to travel,then PMPML can make a huge amount of money. If authorities allow us,then we are ready to conduct a study and come up with recommendations which if implemented can tap ticket-less passengers,” he said.

“Bus passes for senior citizens travelling by AC buses that run on BRTS route are not valid. But this shouldn’t be the case. For senior citizens,passes should be valid for all types of buses,” he added.

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