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Tender life for city bus

Thousands of Ranchi commuters heaved a sigh of relief when they saw the 40-strong city bus fleet, which went off roads for three days, back on Wednesday.

The buses went on strike to protest against Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation, demanding salary hike and maintenance of the fleet. But, after JTDC — the agency that looks after the fleet — decided to float tender this month to invite bidders for the maintenance of the buses, the drivers called off their strike.

JTDC managing director Sunil Kumar said they would float tenders for changing the tyres. “We will also change the batteries. These buses have not been painted after it was procured in 2010. We have also decided to change the seats,” he added.

For the commuters, getting back the buses on road spelt pocket-friendly transport.

“For the last three days, I was forced to take auto-rickshaw to go to college. It was indeed difficult, as I had to change two autos to reach my college and ended up spending almost Rs 50 for transport,” said Sonia Rai, a second-year science student of Ranchi Women’s College, who usually travels by bus and spends only Rs 20 for transport.