The transport department’s plan to add a fleet of 30 new buses on city roads by April-end was hit by another roadblock because of shortage of sufficient trained manpower.
The buses were to hit the city roads from April-end. Officials say the vehicles would now start plying in the first week of May.
This is not the first such delay. The proposed plan to ply these buses has been stuck in limbo for months. Initially, the operation was supposed to start from March, then by April-end and now it has been postponed to the end of first week of May.
At present, there are only 22 buses for intra-city service. With the inclusion of these buses, the figure will touch to 52. These new buses will ply on 10 routes at an average interval of 10 minutes.
The city transport department attributed the delay to shortage of manpower. “We are going to ply these buses on city roads by the end of next week. We don’t have enough manpower. The training for new conductors and drivers is going on. The entire process may take some time,” said Yashender Singh, GM, city transport department.
The department has got the approval for recruiting additional manpower. The department needs 161 drivers and 151 conductors. As many as 20 drivers are already undergoing training at Bangalore.
Some new posts sanctioned by the government include that of general manager, works manager, traffic manager and supervisory staff, a spokesman said.
“The new bus service will surely provide comfortable and safe journey to passengers. They will help reduce transportation woes of commuters,” said Singh.
However, out of the 30 new buses, the transport department is still to receive five buses.