It seems that curtains have been drawn on the proposal of the UT Administration to purchase buses in the luxury segment for local routes. In a meeting of the steering committee held on Tuesday, it was decided that these buses would not be purchased. In their place, the number of the AC and non-AC buses that were proposed to be purchased would be increased.
The Administration had been toying with the proposal of purchasing 60 premium buses for Chandigarh that would have cost around Rs 54 crore. During the meeting of the officials of the Administration and the Municipal Corporation as well as the Mayor, it was felt that in this amount 80 AC and non-AC buses could be purchased which would prove more beneficial for the commuters.
It has now been decided that 40 additional AC and 40 non-AC buses would be purchased. This would be in addition to the already proposed 49 buses in each of the categories. The Administration has gradually been taking buses off the long route and plying on the local routes. It was felt that super luxury buses would not be feasible for the local routes.
The Administration has for the past one-and-a-half years been making futile attempts to purchase AC and non-AC buses. Tenders have been called thrice, yet purchases could not be made. The companies who manufacture buses were not agreable to the terms and conditions of the tender. While changes have been made several times, a company is yet to be finalised. The Administration will float the tender again.
Discussion was also held on taking into consideration the feasibility of plying buses on V-5 roads. It was felt that in order to encourage people to use public transport, there was a need for providing last mile connectivity. It was suggested that mini buses could be plied on the V-5 roads so that people do not have to make an effort to come to V-3 roads for catching buses.
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