The authorities of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) have written to the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML), requesting the transport body to offer bus services even after 6 pm at the varsity campus. The letter, sent to PMPML chairman Tukaram Munde, states that such a bus service would benefit not just university staffers and students, but also outsiders visiting the campus. The letter pointed out that the PMPML used to provide bus services from various parts of the city to the SPPU campus, including from Deccan Gymkhana (route number 91 and 92), Swargate (route number 60), Bharti Vidyapeeth (route no 28), Katraj (route no 34) and Upper Indira Nagar, and buses on these routes used to ply till late. However, in the recent past, buses on the Deccan Gymkhana, Upper Indira Nagar and Swargate routes had been stopped and the service had continued only on two routes.
The service on these routes is limited, with buses plying at 10.30 am for those wishing to travel to the university, and at 6 pm for those wishing to leave the varsity campus. Apart from these, PMPML bus services are not available the rest of the day, and especially after 6 pm, there are no buses to the varsity campus.
The letter to PMPML, sent by SPPU Registrar Dr A D Shaligram, stated that because of the current situation, students, professors and those living on campus, as well as visitors, were being inconvenienced.
The registrar stated that often, students are forced to walk about 1-2 km, along with their heavy books and bags, to access public transport outside the varsity campus, and that’s why the SPPU was demanding bus services during the day as well as night.
Buses from routes in Aundh, Chinchwad, Baner, Sangvi and Sus Road, which travel onwards to Katraj, Swargate, Kothrud, Warje-Malwadi and Pune station, halt at the bus stop located at the varsity’s gate. SPPU officials have demanded that these buses should be re-routed to enter the campus, and ply to the last bus stop inside it, before continuing with their onward journey.