Thanks to certain hiccups, many stalled projects in the city, including the pods project, city bus service, solid waste management project and repair of Reigo Bridge, which the Amritsar municipal corporation proposed to revive in its recently held budget meeting, could take a while to finally get started.
Sources said that due to the delivery of "wrong buses" on Monday, it could take a couple of months before the proposed city bus service finally hits city roads. According to MC officials, the civic body has ordered the "right buses" from Ludhiana.
"Yesterday, a few buses were delivered for the purpose of running the long-awaited city bus service. However, as these buses were not the ones that we needed, we returned them and ordered the right ones from Ludhiana," said mayor Bakshi Ram Arora. He said that in all, 150 buses were initially proposed for the project.
"In the beginning, we intend to run this project on four routes. Hence, we asked for 25 buses for each route," he said.
Arora said the proposal to run the city bus service was discussed in the recent budget meeting of the MC House. The project was proposed almost two years ago, and was planned on the lines of the city bus service operating in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
Sources said though the proposed bus service had gone through several trial runs in the past, the project got stuck in legal formalities and paperwork. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 33 crore. It will cover the city and its suburbs.
As far as the pods project is concerned, Arora said the civic body had done its bit by finalising the route and fulfilling other obligations. "Now we are waiting for the company to begin the work," he said.
"The estimated cost of the project is Rs 198.5 crore. This includes 210 six-seater laser-operated and driverless cars, which would be equipped with 13-inch accident-proof radials," the mayor said. He said these cars could ferry around 6,000 persons between the stations in one hour. "The total length of the track will be 3.5 km," he maintained.
The pods will operate between seven stations, including the railway station, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Market, Hall Gate, Galliara, Golden Temple, bus stand and Jagat Jyoti School.
Arora said there was also a proposal to repair Reigo Bridge, which could not materialise due to various issues involved. "Efforts will be made to get this project going as soon as possible," he said.