Analysis of PMC Budget 2012-13

The budget of any city tends to reflect the trend of its development, and ideally priority sectors should get more allocations than the others.

The budget document of PMC is very difficult to understand, being organized by different departments instead of being in terms of sectors such as traffic and transportation, sewerage and water etc. For example, traffic and transportation items are found scattered in departments such as traffic department, roads department, ward works, special projects and public transport projects and JNNURM. The budget has been re-analysed by Parisar to find sectoral allocations.

Comparison of bus services in Indian cities

Parisar compared the performance of PMPML with bus service providers in five other Indian cities; BEST (Mumbai); MTC (Chennai); BMTC (Bangalore) and DTC (Delhi). In a previous study titled PMPML Report card, Parisar had quantified the performance of PMPML, which showed how PMPML scored low on all counts. The current study concludes that PMPML also performs considerably worse than other bus systems in Indian cities.

The comparison was based on 3 categories: Quality of Service, Operational Efficiency and Financial Performance.

Cycle Track Assessment - Report

Pune has about 132 km of cycle tracks (officially), of which really only 87 km are worthy of even being called cycle tracks. Even of these, there are missing portions, adding up to about 30 km (35%). In addition there are numerous obstacles. An unfortunate choice was also made to use interlocking blocks for the cycle track surface, making for a bumpy ride. The net result is that the cycle tracks are largely unused. This has led to a demand to remove the cycle tracks.

Since Pune's Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) sets a target of 50% modal share by Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) by 2030, there is a need to fix these cycle tracks, not get rid of them.

Parisar conducted a thorough review of the cycle tracks and developed a methodology for scoring them. They were rated on the basic of their Safety, Comfort and Continuity; essential in order for them to be usable.

The results are not surprising. Of the 20 cycle tracks reviewed, 1 is Good (Law College road), 1 is Okay (Old Canal road), 5 are Poor, 6 are Bad and 1 is Very Bad (Vishrantwadi-Airport road).

PMPML Report Card 2010-11


Parisar has come up with a way of quantifying the performance of PMPML, the city's transport provider, operating over 11 lakh trips daily. For the same, we have taken into account 4 parameters of service, identified as being crucial from the point of view of the commuter, namely – RELIABILITY, COMFORT, CONVENIENCE and AFFORDABILITY.The idea was to prepare a comprehensive toolkit which would combine the users’ feedback on the bus service as well as make use of official PMPML data, to give a final grade to the service provided by PMPML.