Another issue of contention between the authorities and union is the purchase of new buses
The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) Workers Union is holding a protest at CTU Depot 3 on Tuesday,over the alleged inaction of authorities on the long pending issues of deficiency of bus tyres and the increasing number of condemned buses.
The elected members are staging a dharna at the gate of depot number 3 to protest against the pending purchase of bus tyres and spare parts because of which not only are buses rendered invalid,but the transport service is also incurring huge losses, says Ranjit Singh,General Manager of the CTU Workers Union.
He says that around 20 buses are lying condemned in depot 3 itself and around 50 buses will be rendered useless in the coming days,if tyres and spare parts are not arranged for. They claim that the authorities are lax in their attitude on the issue of repairs of defective buses and that even the basic tools are not in store,leaving the workshop workers useless. The authorities,however,claim that the procurement of the said tyres is in process.
Last week we bought 70 tyres of various sizes with a budget of Rs 25 lakh sanctioned by me. Today I will forward a proposal to buy another 100 tyres with a budget of 1 crore,which need to get a sanction from the administration, says CTU Director TPS Phoolka.
About the buses lying condemned,he says that not all these buses are awaiting repairs,some of these have actually surpassed their lifetime. Of the total 494 buses with us,around 100 are condemned but that is due to the natural course of wear and tear. These are to be auctioned on September 25 and 26 and around the same number to be bought soon, he says.
Another issue of contention between the authorities and union that remains is the purchase of new buses. While the authorities maintain that the rear engine buses are to brought for the local transportation and the front engine buses will be restricted for inter-city travel,the union demands otherwise.
A non-AC rear engine bus costs around 3 times more and consumes more diesel. A fewer number of these buses will be bought with the same money and when there is no special budget allocated for diesel,it would put unnecessary pressure on the finances and we condemn it, says Ranjit.