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Roll-out of AC buses will be delayed in Gurgaon: GMDA

Two hundred buses under Phase 1 of city bus service likely to hit roads by May

gurgaon Updated: Jan 30, 2018 22:32 IST
Kartik Kumar
Kartik Kumar
Hindustan Times
Built on a public-private partnership model, the city bus service is aimed at resolving connectivity issues.
Built on a public-private partnership model, the city bus service is aimed at resolving connectivity issues.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Officials of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) have said that there will be no air-conditioned (AC) buses among the 200 buses that will be rolled out in the first phase of the Gurgaon bus service. It would take more than a year for AC buses to hit the road in the Gurgaon.

As per sources, 200 buses which were scheduled to be launched in March and the date was later pushed to April.

Officials said this may be further delayed by a month and the buses will hit the roads in May.

Of the 200, 80 buses were expected to be air-conditioned. However, owing to limited supply of low floor CNG buses and the time required to get requisite permits and clearances, the roll-out
of the AC buses has been pushed to 2019.

“The delivery of AC buses will take about a year. Since low-floor CNG buses are only operational in the NCR, the volume of supply is low and, hence, the buses are only manufactured to order,” GMDA CEO V Umashankar said.

“We (GMDA) did not want to wait for a year more and so only non-air-conditioned buses will be rolled out in the first phase. Other parameters will remain the same,” Umashankar said.

Umashankar further explained that even after the AC buses are manufactured, it would need to be ‘type tested’ in order to ensure that the vehicles meet regulatory standards and has to be approved by a testing agency.

GMDA officials further added that the regulations for the ‘type testing’ need to be laid by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH).

The type testing process is expected to cause a further delay and residents would be deprived of a respite from the scorching heat this summer during
their commute by the public bus service.

“The facility of AC is a secondary concern. What I want is that the city gets a public bus service at the earliest as it would provide a relief to residents from the existing public transport woes and resolve last-mile connectivity issues,” Mohan Gandhi, a resident of Sector 47, said.

Built on a public-private partnership (PPP) model, the city bus service will function under the Gurugram Metropolitan City Bus Limited (GMCBL) and will initially be owned by three public bodies such as the GMDA, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram and Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation having a 50%, 40%, and 10% share, respectively.

A total of 500 buses will be on the city roads by next year that will be manufactured by TATA, Ashok Leyland, Volvo, and JBM. Of these 40 percent will be air-conditioned and depots for the buses will be based in sectors 10, 53-54 and 72.

Once fully operational, three lakh people are expected to use the service.

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 22:27 IST

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