In Faridabad,140 buses have been lying unused as the government could not recruit enough drivers. The recruitment process is likely to be completed soon,Urban Development (UD) Ministry officials officials said.
Ministry officials said upkeep of buses was often not given due importance.
The ministry is going to come up with specifications to be followed for maintenance of buses across the country.
We are working towards coming up with new specifications for maintenance of buses covered by the JNNURM scheme. We felt that upkeep of buses was not being given the due importance. In Calcutta,there were no proper depots and the buses were being repaired by roadside garages, said UD Secretary Sudhir Krishna.
The ministry had held a meeting with bus manufacturers and operators in 2007 and realised that lack of standardisation was creating problems. As a result,officials said,the urban bus specifications were laid down in 2008.
After passengers complained of ventilation problems in DTC buses,UD officials said DTC is working on rectifying these.
We have constantly been getting feedback and trying to improve these specifications. In Delhi,DTC buses have been facing ventilation issues,which the corporation has been working on, said an official.
The ministry claims standardisation will also reduce maintenance costs.
These maintenance standards are not being met due to design defect,but because we want to ensure that issues faced daily by passengers can be resolved to improve their travelling experience. Bus operators and manufacturers are also being consulted, said an official.
According to the ministry,the aim of this exercise was to make travelling in buses as comfortable as in the Metro.
Krishna said the ministry was revisiting the concept of mini buses. We are also looking at mini buses as an option,depending on the requirements of commuters and their city, he said.