PUNE: The special PMPML e-bus service to the Sinhagad fort is expected to start from the next month, paving the path to stop any private vehicle movement to the historical structure.“Initially, we plan to start with eight e-buses, operational only on weekends. Later, we shall increase the service to weekdays as well,” a PMPML (Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited) official said.
Presently, there are commercial four-wheelers carrying passengers to the fort. Besides, many private vehicles also go to the fort.
Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar had announced that only e-buses would run on the stretch. “The state forest department has instructed to take steps, like making a parking lot in Golewadi and to train local youths to be tourist guides. Each bus going to the fort will have a tourist guide. Once these buses start, no private or commercial vehicles will be allowed on the weekends. However, on weekdays, other vehicles can go until the bus service becomes more frequent,” the official said.
Another PMPML official said a fare of around Rs100 for both ways would be charged for the bus service.
“Presently, the commercial vehicles which are plying charge Rs120 for both ways. The PMPML is in discussion with the MSEB (Maharashtra State Electricity Board) towards coming up with a charging station near the main gate of the fort,” the official added.