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Pune’s PMPML suspends electric bus service at Sinhagad Fort due to charging issue

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The e-bus service received good response, but due to narrow roads, sharp turns, steep incline and slope, it was taking a toll on the charging of the vehicles, as reported by PTI.

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Pune city’s local transport utility Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) on May 16 said it is suspending the e-bus service to Sinhagad Fort on a temporary basis citing barriers, minor accidents and the condition of the road leading to the fort. The e-bus service to Sinhagad Fort was launched by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on May 1 by stopping the plying of private vehicles to the fort. PMPML officials said the e-bus service received good response, but due to narrow roads, sharp turns, steep incline and slope, it was taking a toll on the charging of the vehicles.

“There is a need to increase the fleet of smaller e-buses, requiring charging stations. There is also a need for road maintenance and widening of the road leading to the fort. Considering the minor accidents, barriers, and need for comparatively smaller buses, we have taken a decision to suspend the e-service bus from May 17,” an PMPML official said.

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He added that once the fleet of new smaller buses is available, the service will be resumed. Deputy CM Pawar, during his interaction with the press, said the moment the e-bus issue was placed before him, he immediately instructed the PMPML and forest department officials to suspend the service till completion of maintenance and repair of the dangerous turns. 

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