PMC’s new Tata buses break down before journey
Posted On Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 06:36:18 AM
The 16 new buses added to the existing fleet of the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) are courting controversy, one after the other. Earlier, the buses were lying unused in Nehrunagar. Now, Pune Mirror has got information that most of these buses have developed problems and are undergoing repairs.
PMPML had purchased these CNG buses manufactured by Tata and had kept them in the Nehrunagar depot. The transport body was not plying these buses and the leaders of the opposition in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had alleged that these buses were kept waiting for inauguration on the birthdays
of prominent Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders. Recently, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vikas Mathkari had forcefully tried to inaugurate these buses after which PMPML brought a few buses on the road.
Now, PMPML insiders have told Pune Mirror that these buses have been shifted to the Nigdi depot because some of them have developed problems. A PMPML worker said on condition of anonymity, “These Tata-manufactured buses run on CNG and have doors on both sides.
But some of them are facing problems such as CNG leakage and pick-up issues. Therefore, these buses have been brought to Nigdi depot. A team from Tata came to the depot to repair the buses. They even gave a demonstration to our workers, showing us how to repair these faults.”
A PMPML official said, “Only three to four days back, some of these buses were brought on Sambhajinagar- Pune station route while some others were put on Nigdi-PMC route. But now, some of these buses are already giving problems. PMPML has got these buses under JNNURM and each bus cost around Rs 27 Lakh. A total of 34 such buses are supposed to added to PMPML fleet in the near future.” PMPMLspeak
R N Joshi, Chairman and Managing Director, PMPML, said, “There were minor defects in these buses and the company had rectified them.” He added that 15 buses were already on road.