While there are plans to modernise the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) buses by installing an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) at all bus queue shelters, Chandigarh is all set to get 400 low-floor midi buses, that too with extended routes.
These new buses will be introduced as the special purpose vehicle (SPV), exclusively for the Tricity residents and will connect Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula. UT Administration is conducting surveys across the Tricity such that a layout of the routes could be prepared.
TPS Phoolka, Director Transport, informed that last year the Union Ministry of Urban Development had sanctioned 400 buses for Chandigarh under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
The Transport Secretary, Bhawna Garg, said, “Though we have CTU buses already plying in the city, we cannot say that they are exclusively for the city residents, because there are also inter-city buses, but these new buses will be for the benefit of city residents. It will become much easier for them to travel even to a nearby market or the neighbouring sector. The purpose of introducing SPV in the city is to give good quality bus service, reduce traffic congestion and to encourage people to use more of public transport.”
These buses will be an addition to the ones for which CTU has already placed an order and they will be in the city in another two months.
Garg also said that since the introduction of new buses will require more man power, the duty of office bearers will be handed over to the CTU officials. Meanwhile, the UT Administration will also provide bus pass facility for the residents.
The UT Administration intends to increase the fleet size of the buses in order to cater to the passenger demands and will avail the funds under the Ministry of Urban Development.