In less than a year, Pune has unfolded three BRTS routes, all of which are operating successfully with commuter response growing by the day. Heading the big challenge is Mayura Shindekar, the CEO of PMPML’s BRTS cell.
“We have successfully implemented three BRTS routes and are working on starting two more in the near future,” said Shindekar, an MPSC officer. In the past few months, two BRTS routes have been started in Pimpri-Chinchwad and one in Pune city.
Shindekar said that the cell faced several challenges in getting the BRTS on its tracks. “Whether it was installing ITMS on BRTS routes, getting bus stations or coordinating with civic bodies, we got it all right. And in the end, the three BRTS routes got operational,” she said. Shindekar said that it was only after the pilot BRTS, that the cell got to know the problems and ironed them out with relentless pursuit.
Shindekar has served as CEO with Jejuri and Mahabaleshwar municipal councils and at YASHADA. “Each place has its own unique problem. For instance, while in Pune, transport is among the biggest problems, Jejuri had severe water shortage. And Mahabaleshwar was about ensuring increased tourism,” she said.
The decision-making power, says Shindekar, gives the biggest job satisfaction. “When you are in such a position, you are bestowed with powers to take decisions for the larger benefit of people. And when you take a decision and the outcome is successful, it gives a sense of satisfaction,” she says.
Shindekar has undergone a year’s training in sustainable development in Germany. The state government had specially selected her for the training. “In Germany, free bus services are provided in the central part of the city. This is aimed at preventing private vehicles from plying in the area and reducing pollution levels. This experiment can be implemented in Pune city too in chaotic areas like Laxmi Road or Fergusson College Road,” she says.
Shindekar says that her family has been her biggest support. “Be it my husband or my in-laws, they have supported me all along. The urge for social service was always there in me. Nobody pushed me into the state service, I came on my own,” says the mother of a school-going child.