From Wednesday, PMPML,the citys transport body,will implement its revised fare structure. The transport utility has rounded off fares in multiples of Rs 5 tickets will now be available for Rs 5,Rs 10,Rs 15,Rs 20 and so on.
Now,there will be no quarrel with commuters over change. It is a good idea, said Pramod Vat,a conductor on the Bhosari-PMC headquarters route bus.
Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Shrikar Pradeshi during his short tenure as chairman and managing director of PMPML had conceptualised the idea of rounding off fares in the multiples of Rs 5. Pardeshi was the incharge when incumbent R N Joshi was on a month-long leave. During this period,he worked out the fare formula with officials and convinced the administration to implement it in the larger interest of commuters.
Commuter organisations had been demanding that something be done to smoothen the relationship between conductors and commuters which was strained due to problems over loose change. However,the PMPML administration proved ineffective in the past, said Jugal Rathi of PMP Pravasi Manch.
Pardeshi took the initiative after Newsline highlighted the daily arguments between conductors and commuters over loose change. PMPMLs ticket structure of Rs 8,Rs 9,Rs 12,Rs 13,Rs 17 and Rs 18 created problems for both conductors and commuters.
The conductors demanded change by talking roughly with passengers. Women felt they were being insulted and hence avoided travelling by PMPML buses, said Gayatri J,a college student from Dapodi.
Pardeshi said though the decision to restructure fares might affect PMPML initially,in the long run it will benefit the transport utility. Commuters and conductors will have little to complain. If there is peaceful relationship between the two,there is no reason why more commuters would not travel by PMPML buses, he said.
Pardeshi said though his tenure as CMD was a temporary arrangement,as the director of the transport utility he would do his best to push various plans.
Prashant Inamdar of Pedestrians First said,We knew only Pardeshi would do it. That is the reason we had been demanding that he continue at the helm.
The activists,however,said PMPML needed to do more to attract more commuters. For short distance travel of 4 km, the ticket rate is Rs 10. This should be brought down to Rs 5. Also,the tickets priced at Rs 15 and Rs 20 should be brought down to Rs 10 and Rs 15,respectively. We feel that commuters do not travel more than 15-20 km. If PMPML reduces the fares,why would they use private vehicles? Rathi said.
For long distance travel,the tickets priced at Rs 25,Rs 30 and Rs 35 are fine. The fares should be brought down for short distance travel, he said.