“We stopped our ST bus operations towards Malshej Ghat, Panshet and Velha Taluka due to rain and subsequent landslides. We didn’t want to risk our passengers’ lives. On Wednesday, our depot managers inspected the routes and confirmed that there is no problem. Operations will resume shortly,“ said MSRTC’s Pune divisional controller Nitin Maind. He added, “We are also checking for accident-prone bridges or roads through our drivers on the route, which may be risky, not only for ST buses but all vehicles. For now, we will start regular bus operations all around Pune division. But, if the landslides and heavy rain continues, we will have to stop them again.“ From all three main ST stands in Pune -Swargate, Shivajinagar and Pune railway station -over 5,000 buses operate on various routes to Kolhapur, Nashik, Solapur and other parts of the state.Of late, traffic had been diverted at Malshej Ghat, Velha and some parts of the Panshet Road.
Narayan Shivane, a resident of Panshet, said, “Panshet and its nearby areas have seen heavy rain for the last ten days, so vehicles were stopped from coming here. However, many people from nearby villages go to Pune for their daily work by ST buses.With the bus service suspended, we had to miss work. Now, as the rain has slowed down, we hope that buses will start running again.“
Kisan Bagade, a resident of Velha taluka told Mirror, “Velha has become a tourist spot as the Torna Fort is nearby. The monsoon, too, attracts people to this spot. But, with several landslides occurring last week, ST buses and other vehicles were not able to get here.“
Source : Mirror