The people of the city can expect a more comfortable mode of travel soon,with the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) inviting tenders for 98 new low-floor buses. The CTU has issued tenders and has invited applications for the purchase of 98 low-floor buses. This will include 49 AC buses and 49 non-AC buses. The new buses will have all the features that have been mandated by the Ministry of Urban Development under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewable Mission (JNNURM).
The tender has been issued and if everything falls in place then we will most probably place the order by the end of August, said SP Parmar,CTU General Manager. According to the CTU,49 buses will be air-conditioned and will be low-floor.
They will be of Euro 4 standard which is still not very common for big cities. This will ensure an environment-friendly transportation, said Parmar. The non-AC buses will be of Euro 3 standard.
The new buses will be fitted with CCTV camera to ensure a proper check on miscreants. There will be other facilities like the Passenger Information System (PIS) that will inform the commuters about the next bus stops. An option for smart card will be also available. In this system,every ticket that will be issued will be registered in the central data base,hence no overcharging or undercharging will be possible.
We are ensuring five year Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC). In case of any problems we dont have to wait for funds. For five years since the purchase,full maintenance will be provided by the company, said Parmar
Proposals for purchasing buses were made more than a year ago. It was after the approval of the budget that the process for purchase started. This has,however,witnessed numerous roadblocks. In fact,due to the delay in taking a decision,funds amounting to Rs 45 crore that were sanctioned in the last financial year lapsed. For the year 2013-14,an amount of Rs 35 crore has been sanctioned. With the tenders being issued for the purchase now,the tricity might have new buses in some months.