Chandigarh: The Induction of intelligent transport system (ITS) enabled CORONA model buses into the fleet of Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) buses is once again in soup as during second round of inspection, buses failed to pass quality test. Team of four CTU experts has once again rejected the buses after finding major faults.
CTU, Director, Amit Talwar said that team headed by CTU General Manager Amit Gupta along with head of department of technical wing Chaman Lal and other technicians of CTU visited the site to inspect CORONA model buses. Talwar said, “In recent inspection, we have received the rejection report from the experts. This time buses have failed to qualify the water pressure sealing test.
This is the second time that the busess have failed to qualify quality test.” Three months ago, the CTU inspection team had pointed out 20 technical snags in the CORONA buses which the manufacturer was asked to rectify. In September last year, CTU was provided with 11 CORONA model but as the buses hit the roads they started developing snags. A total of 160 buses were sanctioned to CTU under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for strengthening its public transport network.
The cost of buses is around Rs 85 crore, out of which 50 per cent are funded by Central government under JNNURM and the remaining by Chandigarh Administration. CTU Workers’ Union president Bhupinder Singh said that the union was not in favour of these buses. “They are not only having multiple flaws but are also more expensive than buses of same specification manufactured by other companies,” he said.
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.
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