BMTC to knock on SC door on diesel bus purchase, Auto Information, DFL
BENGALURU: With the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal (NGT) halting BMTC’s plan to buy 1,000 diesel buses, the company has determined to method the Supreme Courtroom in opposition to the keep. The tribunal had, in its February 27 order, made it clear that it’s going to enable procurement of buses that run on clear vitality reminiscent of electrical energy or pure fuel. The company desires to purchase Bharat Stage IV diesel buses.
BMTC managing director NV Prasad mentioned the company will strengthen the authorized crew and put together a powerful case earlier than approaching the apex courtroom. “Several hundreds of new vehicles are being registered in Bengaluru every day. Even private operators are allowed to purchase diesel buses. We fail to understand why the NGT is restricting us,” he mentioned.
The NGT’s order banned BS-II and BS-III buses. It instructed the transport utility to observe the orders within the Vardhaman Kaushik vs Union of India, 2014, case on buy of BS-IV buses. Within the case, the tribunal had directed a number of transport companies, together with the one in New Delhi, to not buy diesel buses.
That order, nevertheless, is affecting BMTC’s plan to strengthen its fleet. BMTC chairman NA Haris mentioned there’s an pressing want to extend the fleet. “Bengaluru needs at least 10,000 buses. We are way behind. The proposal to purchase 1,000 buses is old. The state cabinet recently approved purchase of a few more buses,” he mentioned.
A BMTC official mentioned the company has no plans to induct CNG buses as their operational prices are excessive. The utility plans to introduce 80 electrical buses, however the plan may take longer to implement because the tender is being drawn up. “There were a lot of loopholes in the old tender. The idea of investing Rs 80 crore for purchasing electric buses on lease will hurt the corporation in the long run,” Haris mentioned.
Within the now-scrapped tender, Hyderabad-based Olectra Greentech (previously often known as Goldstone Infratech) had received the contract for 80 electrical buses (60 air-conditioned and 20 non A/C). As per the deal, the producer would have gotten Rs 1 crore per A/C bus and Rs 73 lakh per non A/C bus as subsidy from the Centre. The precise manufacturing value, nevertheless, is wherever between Rs 1 crore and Rs three crore.
Aside from offering buses on lease and sustaining them, the producer needed to bear the price of the bus driver, too. BMTC had supplied to pay Rs 60.86 per km on A/C buses and Rs 40 per km on non A/C buses to the producer, which additionally contains the price of conductor and energy prices. The utility had promised to run every bus for 200 km daily.
It’s managing director mentioned that the company would write to the Centre, in search of subsidy for the venture as soon as once more. “Not many corporation could avail of subsidy under Phase I of FAME scheme. We are planning to buy electric buses instead of leasing them,” Prasad mentioned.
City mobility specialists need the BMTC to organize a highway map for changing its fleet into electrical buses. “The NGT can pass orders but the question is whether the BMTC has the financial strength and operational capacity to follow those orders such as moving to CNG,” a city-based transport knowledgeable mentioned, requesting anonymity. No operator, he mentioned, would need to experiment with three several types of know-how.
City mobility specialists need the BMTC to organize a highway map for changing its fleet into electrical buses.
Bengaluru wants no less than 10,000 buses. We’re manner behind. The proposal to buy 1,000 buses is outdated. The state cupboard lately accredited buy of some extra.