Finally after six months, the city bus service is going to resume from Monday. The service will be resumed on a single route with 14 buses in the first phase.
Mayor Harchran Singh Gohalwaria is expected to flag off the buses which are not running since July 2014.
The residents have been waiting for long for the resumption of the service.
Assistant commissioner, MC, Satwant Singh claimed that the buses would be plying on the roads from Monday as the department was set to resume the service.
In December, Ludhiana City Bus Service Limited (LCBSL) under the municipal corporation (MC) had entered into an agreement with Horizon Connect Transways Private Limited that will operate and maintain the buses.
Earlier in July last year, Prasanna Purple Mobility Solutions Pvt Ltd had refused to operate the buses as the LCBSL had failed to pay pending dues. After that the buses were getting damaged at the workshops while the different political parties had also staged protests demanding to resume the service.
Finally, a firm was selected last month to run 105 buses but the BJP councillors were not happy with a condition about advertisement on the buses as per agreement.
Then meetings were conducted to resolve the issue.
Bachitar Singh, a city resident, said, “It is a good step by MC if it is going to resume the service. The residents will get benefit of the service as these buses are more secure. The buses should be available on the routes to various colleges. The authorities should ensure that the buses start plying on all routes.”
According to assistant commissioner Satwant Singh, the service will be started between bus stand and Jalandhar bypass in the first phase.
The service on other routes will be started soon, he added.
In September, the MC had also claimed to extend the service up to historic Gurdwara Sri Flahi Sahib, and from Dhandra up to Kheri village.
A new route has been introduced from bus stand to Lohara, via Shimla Puri. However, the service on these routes may start later.