Giving preference to women candidates for the post of conductors in the City Bus Service, the process for recruiting staff for the buses has been started by the private operator in order to start the service at the earliest.
The operator, Horizon Connect Transways Private Limited, has also claimed to ensure the security of staff in buses.
Hoardings regarding the recruitment of new staff have been displayed at various bus queue shelters and other areas across the city.
MC assistant commissioner Satwant Singh said, “The recruitment process has been started by the firm concerned. The bus service will be started at the earliest.”
An official from the private firm informed that the interview process had been started, and 15 girls have been shortlisted for the post of conductors. He said they would recruit 100 conductors and 100 drivers with preference to lady conductors.
A resident, Nirmaljeet Kaur, said, “Recruitment of women staff in the City Bus Service will make travelling safer for women. More women will prefer to travel in buses. I also want that the operator should ensure security of the passengers as well as entire staff to make the bus service successful.”
The operator has already offered to provide wi-fi services in buses.
It is pertinent to mention here that it is expected that the service will be started by mid of January, but the issue of advertisements on city buses, if not resolved may delay the start of service.
BJP councillors have raised question over the conditions of the contract, as they were not happy to allow the operator to earn whole income from the advertisements on the city buses.
They were demanding that the MC should receive 50% share of the income generated from advertisements on city buses.
They had recently conducted meeting with the MC officials, and demanded that MC should get 50% income from advertisements on the city buses.
The issue has not been resolved so far due to which the bus service may face some more delay as per sources. The buses have not been running on roads since July.