PMPML planning to buy diesel-run buses, activists call the move ‘ridiculous’

PMPML Chairman and Managing Director Tukaram Mundhe has, in fact, constituted an expert committee to study the possibility of purchasing diesel-run buses.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published:June 13, 2017 6:15 am
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AT A time when the central government is laying emphasis on reducing pollution and increasing the use of CNG in vehicles, the PMPML is planning to purchase hundreds of diesel-run buses.

A proposal to this effect was approved during last week’s board of directors’ meeting.

The move has invited flak from several activists.

PMPML Chairman and Managing Director Tukaram Mundhe has, in fact, constituted an expert committee to study the possibility of purchasing diesel-run buses.

Seema Savale, chairperson of PCMC standing committee and one of the directors on PMPML board, said PMPML intends to purchase 800 buses. “The administration has pointed out that the CNG-run buses have high maintenance cost and their parts are not easily available either. Therefore, the PMPML board said, they prefer diesel-run buses. They want to purchase 400 CNG-run buses and 400 diesel-run,” she said.

“At the meeting, it was pointed out that there are two options for purchasing buses, one is CNG buses and another is diesel-run buses. The administration told us that under Euro IV norms, the diesel-run buses cause less pollution. They also pointed out that CNG buses were creating maintenance problem. Therefore, a committee has been set up to suggest the best possible option,” said Mayor Mukta Tilak.

But, civic activists are not convinced. “It is a ridiculous plan. It is against the national policy. At a time when all efforts are being made to reduce pollution, and the central government, along with the rest of the world, is talking about it, our transport organisation is thinking in reverse gear,” said Prashant Inamdar, convenor of Pedestrians First.

“If tomorrow the central government decides to ban diesel-run vehicles, what will the PMPML do?” he asked.

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    sudesh k
    Jun 14, 2017 at 9:00 am
    Tukaram Mundhe should think about emission less, eco friendly, efficient, noiseless, automatic transport system for Pune. This would not be a costly affair at all. Spending on diesel buses now and again thinking of up gradation in flat 5 years would be a costly affair. Pollution due to diesel would be a heavier price. Is Mundhe prepared to spend it out of his pocket?
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      sudesh k
      Jun 14, 2017 at 8:54 am
      Its a pity on PMPMLs governing body and Mundie to even think about Diesel run local transport buses. Are they really worth leading the city towards a smart city. It would be dumb even to think about a technology ( diesel run engine buses ) fast getting obsolete for a city claiming to be 'smart'. The time is to think about 'electric' vehicles for all local transport options. Unfortunately Pune has all these 'old school' think tanks who are unaware of where the world is heading and where these people are taking pundits to!
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        Gautam
        Jun 14, 2017 at 6:02 pm
        Poor citizens. These decisions are based on who knows which contractor and what buses they have. They don't give two hoots about pollution. They want their cut from the contractor.
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