The fresh guidelines from the union ministry of urban development regarding city bus service project has made the Patiala municipal corporation jittery.
As per the ministry’s communiqué, the civic body has to ensure possession of land to set up a bus depot, and must pass a resolution regarding acquisition of the land in the House in order to get first installment of fund under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme.
As per information, the corporation has, though, identified a five-acre premises near Ghalauri Gate, it is yet to start the process of acquiring it.
The schedule of the General House meeting, in the meantime, has not been finalised to further complete the formalities to materialise the project.
Sources said MC officials approached JnNURM officials twice to get the first installment of fund released, but every time their case was rejected on the pretext of one or another reasons.
“Even as the House meeting is scheduled for December 26, it will not be possible to get the formalities completed, as they have yet to comply with the fresh instructions received from the ministry on December 22,” said a source.
Earlier in 2013, the JnNURM had approved the detailed project report (DPR) for the city bus service project, but the corporation failed to complete the formalities to get the funds issued.
Mayor Amarinder Bajaj said the officials had already been working to acquire the land and the agenda for this will soon be tabled in the General House.
“We will plan a General House meeting soon and complete all formalities at the earliest. The project is on the track and we are hopeful that it will become operational by 2015,” said Bajaj.
Meanwhile, the civic body has awarded tenders worth Rs 12.62 crore to Tata and Isuzu — as both the companies bid lowest — for the procurement of buses for the project.
The project in a nutshell
The urban development ministry has sanctioned 50 buses, while the central sanctioning and monitoring committee has sanctioned funds for setting up of a bus depot, workshop and integrated transport system (ITS), besides procurement of the buses.
As per the project detail, out of total 50 buses, 40 will be of 32-seater buses, while other 10 will be 16-seater. The buses will be purchased at a cost of Rs 14.5 crore, while Rs 3 crore has been set aside for setting up of bus depot-cum-workshop.
The cost will be split 80:20 between the Centre and the state, respectively
The ITS system, including installation of global positioning system (GPS)-enabled software, digital electronic boards and other ultra modern technologies needed for transport system, will be installed at a cost of Rs 1.16 crore.