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Gujarat-based firm to run intelligent transport system in Chandigarh

Offers the lowest bid; World Bank approves; among those that applied was a Japanese company as well.

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Updated: October 30, 2019 6:14:11 am
chandigarh transport system, gujarat company, world bank, Chandigarh Transport Undertaking, chandigarh news, indian express A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Chandigarh Administration and World Bank in June 2016.  (Express photo by Jaipal Singh)

A GUJARAT-BASED company will be running the intelligent transport system in Chandigarh now. Of the three companies, including a Japanese one, that applied, it was the Amnex Infotechnologies Private Limited Company that made the cut.

Transport Director Uma Shankar Gupta stated that against the bid price of Rs 47 crore, the price offered by the Gujarat-based Amnex was the lowest — Rs 35 crore. That is why it was selected. The project had been pending since 2014 and now within 15 days, work would be allotted. “The project will be executed in a year’s time,” he said.

This was the third time that bids were called, and three companies had applied. The World Bank in 2014 had chosen Chandigarh along with Jaipur, Bhopal and Mira-Bhayandar (suburb of Thane near Mumbai) for modernisation of transport system. World Bank will be giving Rs 7.5 crore for the project, officials said.

“An intimation has been sent to World Bank which has also approved the bid,” the official said.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Chandigarh Administration and World Bank in June 2016.

Later, Chandigarh appointed a consultant who prepared a detailed project report. The World Bank gave technical evaluation the go-ahead last year to upgrade the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) buses.

In November 2017, the Chandigarh transport department had first invited tenders for the project, and opened the technical bids in March last year. But the project kept getting delayed. Under this project, there will be real-time display of bus timings and location. Display will be there at each bus queue shelter.

Also, there is a provision for live coverage of 24 buses at a time through which officials can monitor the route and view inside the buses as well. Residents can get to know on their mobile phones the real-time and live location of the bus as well. Four cameras will be installed in each CTU bus besides having dash cameras as well. There are 392 CTU buses in which the cameras will be installed. All will be Tricity operation buses.

In case of any incident like an accident, through the dash cameras, the officials can get to know who was at fault — whether the driver or the other person. There will be a separate provision for grievances and service behaviour as well.

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