The civic body is reportedly planning to hand over nearly 450 buses to private operators which is more than half of its fleet.
A proposal is being worked out and the new feeder buses to be procured under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) will be handed over to private parties through tendering process. Accordingly,450 feeder buses will be given out on contract to private operators who will be responsible for arrangement for driver,daily maintenance of buses and operate them; only conductors will be from the AMTS.
Deputy municipal commissioner and transport manager Arjav Shah said the AMC was currently busy locating a suitable place where it would construct a workshop which would also be handed over exclusively to private operators for repairs and maintenance of the feeder buses. He said other terms and conditions were being worked out for the new fleet operations.
He said this was an initial attempt and the AMC was hopeful of it becoming a success at avoiding recurring expenses on the fleet.
This is also a primitive measure to make AMTS strong enough to stand competition from bus rapid transit system where buses are being plied by private operator,he said.
The AMC had a tough time only last week when drivers of a private operator had blocked on-road operations to seek higher wages.