PMPML bus in no-entry zone, mows down PMC employee

A Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) employee died on Monday while crossing the road after she was run over by a speeding PMPML bus which had entered a no-entry zone in front of the main gate of the corporation building. Police said this was the 20th fatal accident involving a PMPML bus this year.

Shivajinagar police said victim Usha Gaikwad (40) of Bibwewadi was working as an office assistant with the food licencing department in the PMC for the past 10 years. Police have arrested bus driver Vilas Ganpat Kumbhar (48), a resident of Tathawade.

Neelam Jadhav of Shivajinagar traffic division said, "Kumbhar took a right turn near Mangala Talkies in spite of the signage board indicating a no-entry zone. Gaikwad had come out of the PMC building during lunch break and was crossing the street to go to a shop when she was hit by the rear wheel of the bus." Some of the PMC employees took Gaikwad to a private hospital where she succumbed to her injuries," Jadhav added.

Deputy commissioner of police (Traffic) Vishwas Pandhare said, "As per our records, so far this year, there have been 19 fatal and 12 grievous accidents involving PMPML buses."

Gaikwad's brother Deepak Waghmare said, "My sister is survived by three daughters and a son, who is studying in a college. She was the only earning member of the family. My brother-in-law was a PMC employee and after his death my sister had joined the PMC." Sanjay Kusalkar of PMPML's accident monitoring section said, "Action will be taken against the driver after an internal inquiry."

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