The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (Maha-Metro) plans to improve feeder service that would provide commuters with last-mile connectivity by filling in the gaps with other modes of transportation like e-rickshaws, carts, and buses in order to increase ridership of the Pune metro and meet its target of 20% of total ridership of all modes of transportation in the city. The entire phase 1 of Pune metro will be operational in March next year, as per Shravan Hardikar, Managing Director of Maha-Metro.
“We expect the ridership of Pune metro should be 20 per cent of the total ridership of all modes in the city. It is a task and will begin with efforts to bring about a behavioural change in the use of public transport among citizens. The overall ridership of public transport should be 50 per cent of total ridership of all modes,” said Shravan Hardikar, Managing Director of Maha-Metro, as quoted by The Indian Express.
Hardikar expressed that the maximum ridership of two lakh is contingent upon the performance of all other corridors. Additionally, they stressed the necessity of improving feeder service, which encompasses bus, autorickshaw, cycling, and pedestrian facilities. The Pune metro will close the gap in feeder service facilities if doing so serves the city’s interests.