It was in December 2012,when the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking(CTU) had first floated tenders for the procurement of 98 fully built low floor A/C and non A/C buses. Eight months and three re-tenders later CTU is yet to finalise the procurement of the new buses which are required to replace the condemned buses still plying on the city roads.
As the tenders floated last year failed to materialise due to technical issues new tenders were floated for 49 Non A/C buses in March. However,the new tenders saw the same fate with the three bus manufacturers Volvo Buses,Ashok Leyland and Tata motors failing to meet the terms and conditions of the proposal.
Again in August this year CTU issued tenders and invited applications for the purchase of 49 A/C buses and 49 non A/C buses. The new buses were told to have all the features that have been mandated by the Ministry of Urban Development under JNNURM. While this time the companies fulfilled the technical requirements,the re-tender would be scrapped off due to deviations in the financial bid,confirmed a senior CTU official
While CTU plans to re-float the tenders once again it is yet to decide a date for the same calling for a six hour strike by its worker union on October 10. CTU Worker Union had warned the authorities that if the orders for new buses was not sent before October 10,they would go on a strike keeping all buses off roads for six hours. We will soon float the tenders again but the orders for the buses cannot be placed before the workers deadline by any chance, said the official.
The union had staged a strike on September 20 and were assured that new buses would be brought in soon.