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It’s official: Tata to be awarded bus contract today

Gearing up to overhaul the public transport system in the city,the Chandigarh Administration is all set to incorporate 100 new buses for intra-city operations.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
April 21, 2009 3:19:56 am

Gearing up to overhaul the public transport system in the city,the Chandigarh Administration is all set to incorporate 100 new buses for intra-city operations.

According to Home Secretary (Transport) Ram Niwas,the order for 100 new low-floor buses — 40 air-conditioned and 60 non-AC — would be awarded to Tata Motors on Tuesday.

“The buses will be on the roads in four months,” he added.

The AC buses,each costing Rs 55 lakh,would be a variation of the model — Tata Marcopolo — operating in Delhi.

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The ground clearance of the low-floor AC buses would be 400 mm and for the non-AC semi low-floor buses,it will be 650 mm.

The buses will also boast of automatic transmission and LCD destination boards.

According to Administration officials,the employment of the staff,including the drivers and conductors,would be outsourced to a private company.

“Even the maintenance of the buses would be on a contractual basis; most probably the company itself (Tata),” said an official. .

The Rs 45-crore contract is being awarded under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and the Central government will be funding 80 per cent of the cost.

At present,the Chandigarh Transport undertaking (CTU) operates 116 semi low-floor buses in the city.

Further,17 mini AC buses will also be seen on the city roads in the first week of May.

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