CTU to buy 40 luxury buses, 40 Ordinary and 120 HVAC buses for long routes
Chandigarh: Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) has called for the expression of interest to outsource the operations of the long route luxury Volvo or Mercedes Benz buses to be introduced in the fleet.
UT has initiated the process of buying 40 Volvo or Mercedes Benz luxury buses, 40 ordinary buses and 120 Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) buses for the long route.
CTU Director Amit Talwar said, “We have already called for the expression of interest for outsourcing the 120 long route luxury Volvo or Mercedes Benz buses to be introduced in the CTU fleet. By January we expect to induct such buses in CTU.”
CTU will be purchasing the Volvo or Mercedes Benz from the empaneled manufacturers but this time the contract will be given to that manufacturer for maintenance and operations of the buses.
CTU will only provide conductor and fuel for the bus and will do the collection of the tickets. The maintenance, repair, condition of the bus and the provision of the driver will be done by the company.
Talwar said, “Luxury buses are special buses with high quality repairs. So CTU this time has decided to outsource the operations of the buses to the company. They will be responsible for the upkeep of the buses along with provision of the drivers. CTU will only provide conductors and fuel and will collect the fare. Each bus will be costing approximately Rs 90 lakh to one crore. The shelf life of the bus is five years and the company will be responsible to replace the bus once it gets phased out after five years of running.”
Talwar also added that CTU will pay the due share to the company as per the set standards of the central government norms. However CTU is likely to get Rs 15 per kilometre. CTU is also going to buy 40 ordinary buses and 120 HVAC buses to be added to the fleet. Jindal said that each ordinary bus costs approximately Rs 20 lakh and HVAC bus costs approximately Rs 28 lakh.
At present CTU is deficit by 250 buses for the long route and has been sustaining loses to the tune of lakhs of rupees.
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