Buses of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) used for city service are clocking lower mileage than the national average. This fact has come to light in the technical report on intelligent transport system (ITS) for city bus operations of CTU.
As per official figures, CTU has a fleet of 470 buses which are operating from its four depots. The fleet comprises standard size buses, semi-low floor non-AC buses, AC buses, low-floor AC buses, low-floor non-AC buses and mini-AC buses. Out of the total buses, 87 are being used for long routes while the remaining buses are used for city bus service which serve the Tricity of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali, and suburban areas like Zirakpur and Kharar.
All CTU buses use diesel as fuel. All the buses are refuelled at their respective depots only. As per the report, CTU has the mileage of 3.63 km per litre which is lower than the national average of 3.82 kmpl. TATA Marcopolo buses in depot 4 has much lower mileage at 2.2 kmpl.
CTU Workers’ Union president Bhupinder Singh says that all the buses purchased under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme are consuming more fuel. He adds that the union has been opposing purchase of big buses for city bus service as they consume more fuel.
Director (transport) Amit Talwar says that he is yet to go through the report.
Not only that, CTU buses’ productivity of 148 km per bus per day is low as compared to the national average of over 180 km per bus per day. The total dead kilometres have also been recorded on higher side as it contributes to 10.2% of the total km, which require optimisation of the routes.
Dead kilometres mean a public transport vehicle operating without carrying or accepting passengers. The report also points out that CTU drivers lack driving and traffic discipline.
Punctuality of bus service
The consultant carried out a survey and found that about 32.5% of users of city bus service are not satisfied with the punctuality of city bus service. CTU ferries more than 50,000 passengers every day in the city.
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