Finally, two months after being flagged off by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, 25 new city buses will be plying on city roads soon as the registration process of the buses has started.
The MC authorities are expecting to get the registration certificates and permits for these buses within two days.
Ludhiana City Bus Service Limited had purchased these buses, including 10 mini buses. These buses could not ply on city roads as the Supreme Court had stayed the registration of new buses in the state.
According to officials of the City Bus Service, the court has now given relaxation and the registration process has started. "It is expected that 25 new buses will ply on the roads within a week. We are also expecting to bring 125 more buses in February", said Baljeet Singh, manager of City Bus Service.
"The registration process was delayed as the hearing of case regarding the issuance of new permit was on. Now we have got the relaxation. The registration process of these buses is going on. Out of 25 new buses, there are 10 mini buses, 10 non-AC buses and five low-floor AC buses", he said.
Besides these, 50 non-AC buses are already providing services on different routes in the city.
The bus service will also be available on the routes, including Pakhowal road and Gill Road. However, under the city bus service project, the MC need to ply 200 buses but at present they have only 75 buses.
"All major routes will be covered in the city when remaining 125 buses start providing services", said Baljeet Singh.
The city bus service project has been funded by the Jawaharlal Nehru national urban renewal mission wherein 50 per cent cost is paid by the centre, 20 per cent by the state and 30 per cent by MC.
In the 25 new buses , an automatic system has been installed and the bus will not move till doors are not closed.
Baljeet Singh further said the mini buses would be able to go in congested areas where big buses could not go. These buses will be run in areas like Shimlapuri, Haibowal, Sherpur chowk, DMCH area, Industrial area and others.
MC Commissioner Rahul Tewari said:"The moment we receive the registration certificates and permits, we will start the services and according to the transport department, we can get these within two days."