After its proposed public private partnership (PPP) model hit a roadblock, Haryana Transport department's alternate arrangements to initiate city bus service in cities of Gurgaon and Faridabad has finally received the nod of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
The department plans to operate about 100 buses in Gurgaon and 150 buses in Faridabad on local routes.
To overcome the shortage of operating staff, it also plans to hire 250 drivers and conductors each for Gurgaon and 350 drivers and conductors each for Faridabad on contractual basis to run this service.
Director-General State Transport (DGST) Arun Kumar said that they have floated tenders for buying 60 low floor air-conditioned and non air-conditioned CNG buses for Gurgaon city bus service.
"Moreover, we have also sent a proposal to the Finance department for creation of about 60 new posts including that of General Manager and Traffic Manager at Gurgaon and Faridabad," he said
"We are committed to provide a metropolitan city bus service to people of Gurgaon and Faridabad. We are working hard on it and will be able to do it by February end," said Kumar.
The absence of city transport system has led to proliferation of private transport vehicles resulting in traffic congestion and chaos.
"We plan to start a city bus service with a fleet of 100 buses on 8-10 routes in Gurgaon at 10 minute frequency. We plan to run a trunk route from Manesar via Dhaula Kuan to Karol Bagh in Delhi and five circular routes. A three acre piece in Sector 29 of Gurgaon will be developed as hub for operation of city bus services. Besides, we are also getting a five acre chunk near Gurgaon's Rajiv Chowk allotted to us," the DGST said.