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DTA soon to hike bus fare,make electronic metre for autos compulsory

Speaking on the decision to raise fare,Deshmukh stated that it was decided to increase the bus fare.

The district transport authority (DTA) on Tuesday decided to hike the fare of buses run by Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) by 0.50 paise per kilometer.

The DTA also decided to make electronic meters compulsory for auto-rickshaws in Pune till April 30 and warned of actions against drivers who fail to install the metres.

The meeting,chaired by district collector Vikas Deshmukh,was attended by members from PMPML,Regional Transport Office (RTO),traffic police among others.

Speaking on the decision to raise fare,Deshmukh stated that it was decided to increase the bus fare. Every 2 km constitutes a stage and thus every stage would see a fare rise of Re 1. “The first 2 km,ie the first stage,has been spared from the fare hike,” he said. The transport body is set to raise Rs 13 lakh per day as means of revenue through this fare rise,of which Rs 9 lakh would be from sale of tickets and Rs 4 lakh from sale of passes.

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The fare hike would be implemented from the midnight of Tuesday. Monthly passes for travelling outside Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Limits would go up from Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,500. Cost of daily passes for senior citizens have been increased from Rs 30 to Rs 40 while the cost of weekly passes have been increased from Rs 300 to Rs 350.

The fares of Pune Darshan bus,the official tourism bus of the PMPML has also been raised with tickets for air-conditioned buses to now cost Rs 350 and non-air-condition Rs 300.

The DTA has also made it compulsory for auto-rickshaws plying in the city to install electronic meters by April 30. “Action by means of Rs 2,000 and suspension of license for 15 days would be clamped on auto-drivers who fail to install the electronic meters,” said Deshmukh.

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He added that the DTA has decided to issue ultimatum to the rickshaw panchyat to start the pre-paid rickshaw stand at the Pune Airport within the next 15 days,failing which they would think of other alternatives.

PMPML to get 10 AC buses soon

Pune: The PMC standing committee on Tuesday approved proposal to buy 10 AC buses for public transport company,PMPML,which would be used on routes to IT parks and for tourism. “A total of 10 AC buses are being bought by PMC and handed over to PMPML. Four buses would be use to provide service on route connecting IT park,four for Pune Darshan and two for tourism purpose,” said Vishal Tambe,standing committee chairperson. Each bus would cost Rs 60 lakh and will have latest communication equipment installed for the convenience of commuters,he said,adding that there had been demand to introduce AC buses for IT professionals,travelling from various corners of Pune to IT parks so that it would help discourage them from using private vehicles and decongest city roads.

First published on: 13-03-2013 at 01:41 IST
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