WORRIED THAT passengers tend to misuse daily passes, the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has said that criminal complaint with be lodged against those who sell the passes to others after finishing their journeys. As per PMPML authorities, the transport body is suffering losses due to this illegal practice being employed by many passengers.
PMPML has formed special squads and deployed vigilance officers to avoid the re-sale of the passes. The PMPML took a strong stand after it came to its notice that some of the PMPML conductors were minting money by indulging in collection and re-sale of used passes.
The PMPML decided to issues passes at Rs 50 daily scheme to mark the first year of the Rainbow BRT project till February 2017. However, soon it found that many passengers were selling the pass for Rs 20 to 30 to others after they were done with their travel. This has become much easier as the daily pass scheme does not require any Identity Card on part of the user.
“These passes allow PMPML travel in PMC, PCMC limits in Rs 50. But we have noticed that there are many passengers who are misusing the passes. Hence, it has been decided to take strict action against the illegal users,” said Subhash Gaikwad, Labour and Public Relations Officer, PMPML.
According to PMPML officials, the misuse of the daily passes was rampant during the Ganesh festival. Among most affected routes were those falling in the outskirts including Khed Shivapur, Wagholi, Hinjewadi, Loni Kalbhor and Wagholi.
The system of providing the daily passes without Identity Card will continue till October 31 after which I-Card possession will be mandatory, officials said.