A DAY after the BRTS was launched on PMC terrain, the service witnessed what officials describe as “huge” public response. However, PMPML officials said if the situation
persisted, they would find it difficult to handle it. On the PCMC terrain, BRTS is expected to start from Saturday.
The BRTS was launched on the 7.1 km Sangamwadi to Vishrantwadi route Sunday with the PMC keeping it a free service for one month – which is being cited by officials as one of the reasons for the huge response.
“The response to the BRTS service has been very good with citizens commuting in large numbers. The commuters are more than expected,” said Mayura Shindekar, CEO, BRTS cell set up by PMPML.
BRTS cell would monitor the situation for next few days to ascertain the reasons behind the huge response to BRTS, she said.
“It’s just been two days that the service has been launched so it is difficult to ascertain the exact reasons for it. Also, the free bus facility is being provided.”
PMPML is presently running 58 buses on BRTS route and 70 buses on feeder routes, she said. “The number of buses on BRTS route would be increased so as to provide more efficient service to commuters.”
After inaugurating the BRTS Sunday, senior NCP leader and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar had urged the PMC office-bearers to rethink the decision to provide free BRTS service for a month.
“There is a chance that the decision of free BRTS for a month would be given a rethink,” said a civic officer.
Meanwhile, the trial run on BRTS route in Pimpri-Chinchwad area is currently underway on Aundh-Ravet route which is at least 14 km long. Mayor Shakuntala Darade led corporators and officials to inspect first hand the BRTS route, though a bus failed on the route.
However, PCMC officials said they are determined to start the first route on September 5. Officials said they plan to run 100 buses on the route.