For 8 days, PMPML buses to stick to left lane on Karve Road

Initiative launched as part of the Road Safety Fortnight to help improve traffic on busy road

The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) on Monday started an eight-day experimental exercise under which its buses will strictly adhere to left lane on Karve Road. The initiative has been launched as part of the Road Safety Fortnight being observed from January 1.

According to PMPML authorities, the exercise will help improve traffic condition on the busy road and will also make it convenient for commuters to board and de-board buses.

Authorities said if the exercise is successful, the transport body will try to implement it on several other roads.

"To make the exercise successful, we need full co-operation from traffic police and commuters. If everybody follows traffic rules, most of the issues can be resolved," said Deepak Pardeshi, spokesperson, PMPML.

Pardeshi said at each bus stop from SNDT College to Deccan corner, a person will be deployed to supervise traffic and commuters. "The drivers will have to halt the buses exactly at the bus stops. They can't skip stops," added Pardeshi.

Pardeshi said if the civic body removes the parking near the PMT stops, then the buses can easily halt there without causing any inconvenience to the vehicles following the bus.

Jugal Rathi of PMP Pravasi Manch welcomed the move but said that the authorities should ensure that the rules are strictly followed by drivers.

"On almost all the bus stops on Karve Road 'Bus Bays' are marked but the drivers do not follow them. The drivers should be penalised if they are not following the rules. In fact, it would be of great help if the transport body announces an initiative 'show the bus parked outside the bay and get Rs 100'. Such a scheme will have a lasting effect owing to public participation. Besides, the transport body will also have to employ officials at the bus stops to supervise the initiative."

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