Chandigarh: The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) union has strongly opposed the attaining the Annual Maintenance Contract (CTU) for the buses. The union alleged that CTU has been spending crores of rupees on AMC whereas CTU itself has in house repair and maintenance workshops.
CTU has three workshops, two in Industrial Area Phase 1 and one in Sector 25. At present CTU has a fleet of 300 local buses with 80 more to be inducted very soon and has 80 long route buses with decks cleared for induction of 120 more, long route buses.
Amit Talwar, Director CTU said, “This is all rubbish. Yes, we do have inhouse workshops and manpower but in coming days the buses will be hired on contract basis as UT Administration will not spend a single penny to purchase the buses but instead will get the royalty from the private company. Running, maintenance and repair of the buses will be done by the private company and in that scenario there is no need of workshops.”
On the other had the unions concern is that CTU is spending crores of rupees on AMC’s whereas the in house repair and maintenance workshops. The CTU union leaders led by president Bhupinder Singh and former president Ranjit Singh said that they have been opposing the move of UT Administrations to reduce the workers concept for the inhouse repair and maintenance workshops and instead encouraging the AMC’s.
“CTU has been paying salaries to hundreds of workers in workshops and also own various machinery to carry out the repair works of the buses. There is no need to outsource the repair and maintenance of the buses with AMC,” said Bhupinder Singh.
They also feared that by outsourcing the repair and maintenance UT Administration may reduce the engineers and mechanics in the workshops and closed down.
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