Corporation this time is planning to buy ordinary type buses

APSRTC is planning to buy one more lot of over 1,400 new buses under JNNURM Phase I scheme this year to improve city bus operations in the capital, Tirupati, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam districts.

Launched by the Central government, the Jawarharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) is a project dedicated to the development of road network, urban transportation, water supply and sanitation, housing and other aspects in cities.

Corporation’s plan to purchase 1400 new buses under JNNURM Phase I comes in the wake of Ministry of Urban Development instructions to all State Transport Undertakings in the country to draft requirement of buses under the scheme.

In the 2010-11 financial year, Corporation had purchased 1,540 luxury buses under JNNURM phase – I scheme. Of these, 1000 were sanctioned for Hyderabad and rest for Vijayawada, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam.

Of the total cost of about Rs.340 crore spent on purchasing these buses, 50 per cent was funded by the Ministry of Urban Development, 15 per cent was to be borne by State Government and the rest by Corporation.

But unlike last procurement where in many low-floor, air-conditioned and semi-floor buses were introduced, the corporation this time is planning to buy more ordinary type buses.

As per plan, 830 buses would be purchased for Hyderabad, 315 for Tirupati, 150 each for Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam with an estimated cost of Rs.380 crore, said a senior official.

However, this time the corporation wants to design and build the bus bodies at its unit in Miyapur for different reasons. There were complaints from employees about repeated problems, including technical snags in air-conditioning system. In fact, a report was also sent to JNNURM authorities about these problems, he informed.