PMPML bus purchases

The most recent transport related issue in Pune media is the controversial proposal by PMPML to purchase about 250 buses (including AC buses) under a public-private partnership (PPP), overturning an earlier decision to buy about 650 normal semi low-floor buses. The controversy has centred around the way the new purchase orders were given – based on a letter from the Secretary to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra – whereas the earlier proposal to purchase buses by PMPML was in accordance with the procedures and norms laid down by JNNURM which is funding the bulk of the purchase. The controversy also extends to whether PMPML should own the buses or whether private parties should, and whether AC buses – which cost a lot more – are required when even the basic bus service is not being provided to any degree of satisfaction.

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