AS city’s traffic problems are worsening day by day, bus commuters groups have demanded that the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) – the city’s public bus transport company, should introduce mini buses in the congested areas of the city. The traffic problems are more severe in the highly congested areas of the city.
PMP Pravasi Sangh Jugal Rathi, which has made the demand, has pointed out that, the congested areas of the city have narrow roads. PMPML should introduce 25 seater mini buses in the congested areas. The mini buses should be available at a frequency of every five minutes. The Sangh said that more number of buses can be purchased in the available funds earmarked for buses. The introduction of mini buses will help in reducing traffic congestion and also reduce accidents. There have been many fatal mishaps in the congested areas of the city.
Traffic officials agree that public transport in the city should be improved by all possible measures. The officials also point out that the Pune Municipal Corporation should take strict action against encroachments on roads and footpaths.