PCMC News: Free Bus Pass Scheme To Be Restarted

PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will shortly ask the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) to restart the free bus pass scheme for students in the municipal limits.
The PMPML has provided 80 buses for ferrying school students, and the PMC has already implemented the free bus pass scheme for this academic year after resolving all payment related issues.
The civic administration has tabled a proposal to give Rs 2.62 crore to PMPML for payment of arrears. The proposal will come up at the weekly meeting of the standing committee, to be held on July 27. The proposal states payment of Rs 1.64 crore was made to PMPML after receipt of a letter dated April 26. The civic body had to pay total dues of Rs 4.26 crore.
There was no budgetary provision in the secondary education department for the free bus pass scheme, and so no provision for payment of dues. But, there is a provision of Rs 7 crore for students’ quality enhancement for secondary education department, and the deficit amount of Rs 2.62 crore is expected to be paid from that provision with the approval of the standing committee.
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