The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has proposed to construct new bus terminals of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML), the largest public transport system in the city, by diverting funds meant for Pune Metro rail.
In a proposal tabled in the standing committee, the civic administration has sought approval to divert Rs 7 crore from the Rs 67 crore budgetary allocation for the Metro rail for construction of new bus terminals and improving the existing ones.
It said the bus terminal at PMC headquarters, Karve Road, Paud Road, Kothrud, Bibewadi, Wagholi and other available areas should be developed from the funds being diverted from the budget meant for the Metro rail project.
The civic administration said that the request of funds from PMC for developing bus terminal was made by the PMPML. It said the PMPML provided services in the region under PMC, PCMC, three cantonment boards, three municipal councils, metropolitan region and 124 adjoining villages.
There are seven bus depots in the city limit and infrastructure improvement in at least five depots at Hadapsar, Pune Station, Kothrud, Katraj and Swargate. A total of Rs 13.95 crore on improving these.
The civic body has already allotted Rs 4 crore for the development of the bus terminals at Kothrud and Bibewadi. However, sufficient fund is not available for taking up development of bus terminals at the other areas.
Meanwhile, the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd would soon be seeking public participation for designing of bus queue shelters in the respective areas. “The civic infrastructure for public transport service differs across the city. The number of commuters of PMPML buses are also different for each area which means the bus queue shelters cannot be the same everywhere and should be constructed as per the demands of the locals,” said a civic officer.
The needs of commuters travelling by the PMPML buses were different at different locations and so bus queue shelters near offices, schools, colleges, state transport terminals, stations, airport, markets, hospitals, tourist destinations, gardens and parks should be different, he added.
The PMPML is to add 1,300 new buses in its fleet to improve services and is adopting technological tools too. The focus is on making the public transport citizen-friendly, so that many can avail the service and help the civic body resolve the traffic situation in the city.