PMPML spokesperson Satish Gate said February has started on a promising note for the vehicle undertaking as the income assortment is seeing calculable ascent.
PMPML, the city’s vehicle undertaking whose income had plunged definitely during the lockdown time frame, is seeing a recovery in its fortune this month. Without precedent for a very long time, it has enrolled over Rs 1 crore income from ticket deal.
PMPML representative Satish Gate said February has started on a promising note for the vehicle undertaking as the income assortment is seeing considerable ascent. “On February 1, we collected Rs 1.05 crore revenue. This is the highest since lockdown was imposed in March and bus service went off the roads,” he said.
According to the PMPML, the absolute income assortment from ticket deal remained at Rs 1.05 crore on February 1 when 6.90 lakh suburbanites went in transports. On February 2, the income assortment remained at Rs 99.81 lakh with 6.8 lakh travelers taking the transports. On February 3, PMPML gathered Rs 97.50 lakh income from 6.76 lakh suburbanites.
Authorities said since the time the lockdown, PMPML put just 10% of its transports on the streets. “The service was only for those involved in essential services, like civic employees and medical staff,” an authority said, adding that the day by day income assortment had tumbled to as low as Rs 1 lakh each day.
It was distinctly in September when full administrations were reestablished that the PMPML income saw improvement. Be that as it may, travelers consumption didn’t enlist a lot of progress until the turn of the year. “From January, things began to change with passengers count shooting up. Though, it is yet to reach the pre-Covid-19 period of 10 lakh passengers a day,” said an official.
Because of the plunge in income assortment, authorities said, the PMPML had laid off large number of transitory workers while some lasting representatives were moved to urban administrations. “On top of this, the state government also failed to bail out the transport undertaking from the financial crunch,” an authority said.
The spokesperson said that the quantity of transports on street is currently same as pre-pandemic period. “Before Covid-19 restrictions came into force, we used to run 1,500 buses. We have reached that level now. Of the 1,500 buses, 1,100 are PMPML owned while 400 belong to private contractors,” Gate said.
With respect to the breakdown of transports, Gate added, “We are witnessing only 10-15 per cent breaking down on roads.”
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