The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will soon be seen launching a set of six electric-run women special buses. The bus service was supposedly scheduled to be launched on the occasion of International Women’s Day, 2019 but ironically, NMC missed this bus. The service is now expected to launch sooner than later, according to sources.
A Hyderabad-based company, Olectra-BYD Greentech Limited, will be appointed as the operator for procuring, operating and maintaining the buses. This company happens to be the only one taker of the bid which was opened by NMC some days ago.
While speaking to TOI, NMC’s transport department revealed that municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar was submitted the proposal to open the financial bid and letter of intent (LoI) of Olectra-BYD. “There was no response in the first round. We received bid from a single company in the second round after making some changes in the request for proposal (RFP),” he said.
Earlier this year, Olectra had reported donated a standard-sized electric-run bus worth Rs 2 crores to NGO Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan, an initiative of Nitin Gadkari.
In 2017, Rs 9.60 crores was sanctioned by the state government for acquiring 30 medi-buses for women. Despite the delay in the project, NMC decided to at least go ahead and buy six electric-run medi-buses.
Chairman of city transport committee Bunty Kukde asserted that NMC will go on to become India’s first and only civic body to launch three types of eco-friendly buses in the city bus transportation services. “We planned to start the service from today (March 8 being International Women’s Day) as these buses will be women special. The plan failed due to administrative delay. At least now, the administration should complete remaining process and let us launch the buses,” he said.
Bangar added that process of procuring and launching the services will be completed soon.
The project will have contracted company join hands with another firm in order to smoothly operate and maintain the buses. The expenses of acquiring the buses will be met by NMC from the funds sanctioned by the government. The contract to operate and maintain these buses by the company will be for 10 years. NMC will pay the company for its services on per km per day basis.
NMC was India’s first civic body to initiate the ethanol-run buses as a part of the city bus service. Last month, it launched the first CNG-run bus in the city and are working on converting 50 more diesel-run buses into CNG.
NMC runs 330 diesel buses out of the total 487.
Information source: timesofindia
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