Pune is a growing metropolitan city in India. With the increasing population, the demands for a better transport system have indeed grown.
The city is mainly dependent on the intra-city bus fleet, which is a pocket-friendly and most comfortable choice. There are a lot of taxi services that help you get to your destination quickly. Good old rickshaw services are ideal if you need to drive a short distance or if you need to go to the old part of town. The area has seen several recent flyovers and underpasses to relieve traffic congestion.
Hiked Fuel Rates
On Friday, transporters have said the cost of shipping goods would increase by at least 20 percent from 1 February if the center did not announce any measures in its budget to lower Fuel rates.
The prices of petrol and diesel rose again in the city after a two-day break. A litre of petrol cost Rs 92.52 as against Rs 92.28 on Thursday, while diesel’s price went up to Rs 81.72 from Rs 81.46 twenty-four hours ago.
Baba Shinde, President of Maharashtra State Vahan Chalak Malak Pratinidhi Sanghatna, told that from 1 February, there would be large-scale protests across the country that the budget did not provide transporters with any relief in terms of fuel prices. “The cost of transporting commodities will increase from 15 percent to 20 percent in February due to the frequent increase in fuel prices,” he added.
The president of the cab drivers’ association Swarajya Vahan Chalak Sanghatna, Guru Katti, said: “Going on a strike or staging a protest is not an option. Because a business for us has started picking up after the lockdown, but if the current trend continues, we will have to increase our rates further”.
Rajan Junawane, vice-president of the Pune Bus Owners Association, said, ” The private bus owners are going through a tough time with business being at an all-time low. We’re going to urge the state to look at our causes.”