A fuel crisis is looming large over the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) as the authorities have failed to provide fresh stock of diesel for CTU buses.
Sources said as the authorities failed to meet the diesel requirement of the buses, the workers at the CTU depots were forced to put around 90 buses off the road on various local and inter-state routes on Monday. The diesel stock is learnt to have depleted in all four depots of the CTU.
Sources said the diesel stock could not be refurbished as the UT administration had failed to provide the amount demanded for fuel in the revised budget of the CTU.
“Officials and workers of the CTU had a meeting with senior administrative officials in the first week of February. The administration was apprised of the crisis in advance and was requested to release the budget at the earliest. However, not even a single penny was released till Monday,” said RS Hans and Jagdish Singh, leaders of the CTU Workers' Union.
Employees of the CTU said the services had started deteriorating on Saturday evening. However, due to three holidays in a row, no financial help could come from the administration.
Home secretary Anil Kumar, who is also the transport secretary, said the CTU had asked for Rs 2 crore budget for fuel, which would be released on Tuesday. However, SP Parmar, general manager, CTU, said, “I can’t comment on the financial aspect of the problem. All I can say is that services on all important routes remained unaffected.”
However, sources in the CTU revealed that around 40 buses in depot 4 and 20 buses in depot 2 remained off the road on Monday.
Similarly, 18 buses, including buses on eight routes to Delhi, could not ply due to unavailability of diesel. Besides, 10 buses of depot 1 also remained off the road.