Pune’s Kothrud Depot Goes Cashless! PMPML Bus Passengers Can Now Pay Fares via UPI!

by Shreya Rathod
Pune’s Kothrud Depot Goes Cashless! PMPML Bus Passengers Can Now Pay Fares via UPI!

With the introduction of digital payment apps, the transaction of cashless payments has increased significantly. It helps in easy transactions and avoids the hassle of not having change. In Pune, the PMPML, a bus service provider, has introduced UPI (Unified Payments Interface) for the ease of passengers.

Pune: PMPML Introduced UPI Payment Alternatives!

Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) passengers can now pay their fares using UPI payment alternatives as well. Chandrakant Patil, the Guardian Minister, introduced the cashless payment system for public transport on Sunday at Kothrud Depot.

According to PMPML officials, the transport organisation has successfully deployed a QR-based payment system on all ticketing machines in light of the increased demand from citizens. Now, people can easily purchase bus tickets by scanning the QR code located on the conductor’s ticketing device.

The minister advised the PMPML not to integrate its ticketing system with the Pune Metro during the inaugural event so that one ticket could be used for both transportation services. Further, he travelled in a PMPML bus using digital transactions after the inauguration.

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According to PMPML representatives, the administration of the transport organisation gave the Central Bank of India and EbixCash authorities instructions to work on giving commuters a cashless ticketing alternative. The transport organisation’s Baner depot tested the cashless method between September 16 and September 30.

Another Bus Service That Offers Cashless Payment

The lack of accurate change for cash causes problems for both passengers and the transport company’s conductors. It can sometimes result in tense arguments and debates between passengers and conductors.

There is another bus service that offers cashless payment. Through a partnership with Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST), Mumbai, the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) will allow bus customers to pay their fares directly from their bank accounts. As part of this effort, over 10,000 conductors have been given distinctive QR code lanyards.

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All a passenger needs to do to make a payment straight from their bank accounts is ask the conductors for the fare to their destination, scan the QR code with any UPI-compatible payment app, enter the amount, and enter their UPI PIN.

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