MSRTC still stuck in wrong lane

Ganesh Agale, a driver, said, "We often face abusive language when we apply for leave. Our leave forms get misplaced mysteriously. Staff on ' junior pay scale' do not have sick leaves. Is this justified?"

Some drivers and conductors said the scheduled journey times on different routes had not been revised by the MSRTC for years despite a marked rise in vehicles on the roads, which had stretched travel time.

"For instance, we are expected to cover the Pune-Nashik distance in four-and-a-half hour but it requires at least six hours," said conductor Pramod Shelke, alleging the MSRTC is deliberately not rescheduling journey timings to escape paying more overtime charges.

While most MSRTC restrooms reportedly do not have cots drivers and conductors complained of instances when even drinking water was not available.

Ganesh a driver, who had arrived from Jalgaon to Pune travelling more than 400 kilometre said, "We have to sleep on the floor on our own bedsheets. The situation becomes worse on rainy days when water leaks through the ceiling. There's foul smell from toilets. How can we get sound sleep in dormitories after long journeys?"

MSRTC chairman Jeevan Gore and managing director Deepak Kapoor were not available for comment on the complaints of the staff.

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