Patna: State urban development and housing department (UDHD) minister Samrat Choudhary said here on Wednesday more than 200 semi-low floor buses have already been delivered to the state under centrally sponsored Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
The minister told TOI the process of selecting operators through tenders was on and the bus service would start around the Independence Day. While 240 buses have been sanctioned for Patna, 60 buses have been sanctioned for Gaya. The buses at both the places will be flagged off simultaneously. Speaking about the liabilities of the bus service operators, he said the operators would have to take care of the maintenance of the vehicles.
Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Company (BUIDCO) sources said the 32-seater buses have dedicated space for one wheelchair. Global Positioning System and close-circuit television cameras will be installed on them for surveillance. Light Emitting Diode-based electronic route display system besides an announcement system will also be installed on the buses that would be parked at the two depots in Patna belonging to Bihar State Road Transport Corporation (BSTRC), including Phulwarisharif and Malsalami.
Another Delhi-based firm has been awarded the work for erection of 216 bus shelters at 108 locations across the city, including Ashok Raj Path, Bailey Road, Hardinge Road and Kankarbagh, and the work is in progress.
It may be mentioned here that at its 69th meeting, the central sanctioning and monitoring committee under the JNNURM on February 20 and 21, 2009, had approved the purchase of buses for Patna and Bodh Gaya under the urban transport scheme for Rs 135 crore.