Scania agency on discontinuing Inexperienced Bus ops, Auto Information, DFL
SST Sustainable Transport Options, an organization floated by Scania to function the undertaking, despatched a letter to the Nagpur Municipal Company’s (NMC) transport supervisor Shivaji Jagtap on August 9 stating its intentions.
“As mentioned in the termination letter, 60 days notice period given by us is going to expire at midnight on August 12. After this we shall not be responsible for the operation of Green Buses and shall withdraw 25 buses being run by us,” SST CEO Torbjorn Glad mentioned within the letter.
Glad additionally mentioned, “However, this being a prestigious project for us also, we can discuss as how best we can contribute to the transport system of this great city. But any such discussion shall be beyond the Green Bus agreement.”
Holding the NMC chargeable for termination discover, Glad mentioned, “We appreciate the NMC’s offer to clear pending dues and provide a land for establishment of a bus depot. We would like to point out that handing over a bus depot site and execution of an escrow agreement were part of the conditions precedent of the NMC under the provisions of Green Bus agreement. These conditions precedent have remained unfulfilled till date. We would also like to point out that the NMC, from time to time, has assured for fulfilment of these conditions precedent, however, these have not happened so far,” he mentioned.Glad additionally talked about non-release of dues as one of many causes behind termination letter. “We have repeatedly conveyed to the NMC that the payments to us under the Green Bus agreement are subject to GST and have also provided opinion of reputed tax consultants. However, the NMC, without verifying the same from appropriate authority has withheld the same without any reason. If the NMC was sure of non-applicability of GST, it could have released the payment as per its understanding without seeking out consent,” he identified.
Gadkari has organized a gathering on the NMC for discussing 25 points together with Inexperienced Bus undertaking.
Chairman of metropolis transport committee Bunty Kukde mentioned the undertaking would proceed. “A final decision is likely to be taken in meeting called by Gadkari,” he mentioned.
After Gadkari’s assembly held on August 4, the NMC had on the identical day despatched a letter to Scania requesting to withdraw the termination discover and in addition assured to launch dues excluding GST. Within the assembly, Glad was additionally current. Glad’s newest letter was reply to the NMC’s letter.