66,813 passengers and 684 conductors faced fine and penalty by PMPML
As per the data furnished obtained from the Traffic Controller’s office of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) in response to an application filed under the RTI Act, it has come to light that that 66,813 passengers were caught without tickets by the authorities of the PMPML during the past one year. The data also shows that a fine of Rs 66.83 lakh has been collected from errant commuters.
The PMPML suffered a loss of Rs 53 crore in 2011-12 and is projected to incur a further loss of another Rs 38 crore the financial year 2012-13. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation hold 60 per cent and 40 per cent shares in the PMPML and contribute to the loss in the same proportion.
The PMPML employs 3,848 conductors out of which 684 have faced an inquiry during the past one year on charges of misappropriation while issuing tickets out of 466 had to pay penalties, 155 were suspended, 8 were denied annual salary hike, two were dismissed permanently while 37 were let off with a warning. The charges included instances of undercharging, issuing incorrect tickets or not issuing tickets at all even after taking the fare from passengers.
Such data offers an insight into the reasons for going of the state transport corporation in perpetual loss.