Pune Bus Day - Analysis and Lessons

The media group, Sakal, took the initiative to plan a ‘Pune Bus Day’ to highlight and publicize the need for a better bus service, bring together a wide array of stakeholders to support the effort and run almost twice the number of buses on November 1, 2012 with an appeal to people to use the city bus instead of their own vehicle on that day. The whole event was planned in partnership with PMPML, the city bus service provider. Parisar conducted a couple of independent surveys (user feedback survey and traffic count survey) to assess the impact of the event. The results show an overall high level of satisfaction with the concept, but as expected, there was only a slight decrease in the other traffic on that day.

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).