Puneites have voted out the old and monotonous design of the Pune Ma hanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Lim ited (PMPML) buses and opted for a colourful option instead. Now, the new fleet that will be introduced next year will be adorned with blue and green hues with leaves and flowers of the gulmohar tree as part of its revamped look.The transport body will be procuring 1,200 new buses, for which Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to give the vehicles a makeover for a fresh appeal. Three new designs of the buses were put up on social media for the public to select their preferred option. The designs were made by Falguni Gokhale, who had also created the smart city logo.
D P More, managing director, PMPML, said, “We had given options to people to vote the preferred design by giving missed calls. We had mentioned separate numbers and the selected option received nearly 15,000 missed calls. Out of which around 7,500 votes went to the rainbow design.“ The new fleet will contain two categories of buses -Rainbow Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and Rainbow link bus. The Gulmohar pattern was chosen among other options such as flying birds and rainbows.
More added, “We will get more than 1,000 new buses next year. We have already instructed the contractor and the firm to add colour and design to the buses that will be provided by PMC. We will send a proposal to the PMPML board for a committee meeting where the final decision on the design will be taken.“
The increasing number of private cars in the city has led to a rise in pollution levels. To tackle this issue and to improve the public transport’s condition, in April, the PMPML board directors decided to purchase 1,200 new buses. Out of the total 1200 buses, 700 will be owned by the transport utility on deferred payment or a longterm loan and private contractors will acquire 500 vehicles.
Out of the 700 vehicles owned by the administration, 500 will be regular vehicles and 200 will be mini buses. Both Pune and PimpriChinchwad Municipal Corporations will help the PMPML bear the cost of the new buses.
Source : Mirror