Dushyant Singh Pundir
Chandigarh, November 2
Seeking to boost connectivity with neighboring states, UT’s Department of Transportation plans to double its services on some long stretches by purchasing an additional 60 non-AC diesel buses. This is in addition to the 40 AC buses added to its long-haul fleet.
The department had requested funds from the UT administration to purchase 60 new buses, said Pradhuman Singh, director of the transportation department.
As soon as the funds are approved, the procurement process will begin, he said, adding that they plan to purchase the buses by 2023 so that better transport facilities can be provided to people on long journeys. trips at reasonable prices.
He said the department has permits for several states and bus schedules have also been finalized. “Now we just have to buy new buses,” he said.
After the arrival of the buses, the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) routes to cities in other states would double, saving people the ordeal of waiting for long periods of time to board a bus. The facilities of these buses would also be better than the older ones.
The department wanted to add the buses to the existing fleet of 167 buses on long runs for profit. The number of buses running on certain profitable sections would be doubled. The department has also added 40 new HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning)-equipped buses to its existing long-haul fleet, the transportation director said.
As many as 20 buses had already arrived and would soon be flagged down by UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit for long runs. A call for tenders had been launched for the other 20, which would be purchased by the end of December.
The department plans to operate these 20 HVAC buses on Jaipur (Rajasthan); Fatehabad and Jhajjar (Haryana); Abohar, Batala via Dera Beas, Pathankot, Amritsar andLudhiana (Punjab); Haridwar (Uttarakhand); Jammu-Katra (J&K); Sections of Shimla and Manali (Himachal Pradesh).
Some AC buses are already running on the Amritsar, Ludhiana, Shimla and Manali routes, but after the arrival of the additional buses, the number on these routes would be increased. Currently, CTU only runs a bus from Chandigarh to Manali at night, but daytime service will start soon.
In addition to proper luggage arrangement, the new buses will be equipped with air conditioning and heating facilities. The front destination panel will be LED-based, with each bus having 47 seats. Additionally, these should be fitted with CCTV cameras, as the department has already made such a provision for most of its buses on local routes.
In addition, the department launched the Intelligent Transportation System project, providing live status of bus movement. However, passengers may have to pay more for the new AC bus service.
Recently, CTU had launched its services to religious destinations such as Khatu Shyam and Salasar Dham in Rajasthan. These two buses operate from the ISBT, sector 17.
An official said CTU is working to increase its fleet utilization to over 90%. With the launch of the new routes, CTU seeks to increase its daily operational capacity by 18,000 km, generating additional revenue estimated at Rs 6 lakh per day.
In order to convert the existing fleet of 258 diesel buses on local routes with electric buses by 2027-28, the director said they have also requested funding for the purchase of an additional 70 electric buses to be added to the existing fleet of 80 electric buses already in service. in tricity.
40 more equipped with AC on the way
- 40 buses equipped with a HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system added to the long-haul fleet
- 20 HVAC buses have already arrived, while the tender has been launched for the remaining buses, to be purchased by the end of December
- 20 buses to serve Jaipur, Fatehabad, Jhajjar, Pathankot, Abohar, Batala, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Haridwar, Katra, Shimla, Manali
We have the permits and the schedules for the new buses have been finalized. Now we just have to buy new buses. — Pradhuman Singh, Director, Transportation Department