"In Pune, only 18 to 20 per cent of population use public transport whereas in the cities like Mumbai the proportion is 80 per cent.The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is expecting a Rs 227 crore funding from the World Bank for transportation projects. The civic body has been asked to submit a preliminary report as to how it plans to utilize the funds.
Maybe not 80, but we can at least take our figure upto 50 per cent.
Mass transport system needs to be pushed," Pune municipal commissioner Mahesh Zagade
Besides the central government's JNNURM schemes, sustainable urban transport projects aided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Bank are to be implemented in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad.
Initially in Pune, the proposed works included development of cycle tracks at city level, which will also act as feeder network within a 2-km distance of the pilot BRTS (Katraj-Swargage-Hadapsar route), and improvement of pedestrian infrastructure which would cost about Rs 100 crore.
However, the Pune municipal commissioner Mahesh Zagade has in mind to utilize the funds for mass transport projects.
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