The Ludhiana City Bus Service Limited (LCBSL) resumed on Monday after remaining suspended for over six months following a deadlock over pending payments.
As part of first phase of resumption, 12 buses were flagged off by mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, along with senior deputy mayor Sunita Agarwal and other councillors on Monday.
The bus service will now be run by Horizon Connect Transways Private Limited under net cost contract. The company had placed a successful bid of around `48 lakh per year for 105 buses in December 2014.
Earlier, Prasanna Purple Mobility Solutions Private Limited was operating the buses on gross cost contract (GCC) basis, which led to losses. Later, the firm refused to operate the buses in July 2014, after the LCBSL failed to clear pending dues of around `2.6 crore.
Meanwhile, with the buses plying on roads again, residents heaved a sigh of relief. In wake of the buses being pulled off the roads, they were left with no option but to rely on autorickshaws, most of which are plying illegally.
Rajinder Singh, a city resident, said, “I travelled on the city bus today. They should resume all buses at the earliest for the convenience of residents.”
Residents have also been demanding that the bus service be extended to nearby villages. According to the sources, eight more buses will start on Wednesday.
LCBSL manager Baljeet Singh did not take calls.