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Thursday , July 24 , 2014
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Freedom from bumps
- Forty buses set to hit roads from I-Day

Say goodbye to bumpy, uncomfortable rides.

Better transportation services await residents with 40 swanky city service buses arriving on Tuesday. These vehicles, under the centrally sponsored Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, would start plying from Independence Day.

Sources in Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation (BUIDCo), the nodal agency for the project, said Tata Motors, the firm supplying the buses, delivered the first lot at Bihta, around 37km southwest of Patna on Monday evening.

Tata Motors had been selected by BUIDCo to supply 260 buses under this project and it started delivering the vehicles from its manufacturing plant in Pune.

The semi-low 32-seat buses have space for a wheelchair. LED-based electronic route display system along with public address system in English and Hindi would be installed at the front, rear and either side of the buses.

Another electronic display system would also be installed inside the bus for announcements of approaching bus stops in both the languages. “The buses have built-in global positioning system and tenders have been awarded to install closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) inside to ensure proper security and surveillance,” said a senior BUIDCo official.

According to sources Delhi-based Adie Broswon has been selected to look after the operations of the buses. “The selected agency would provide the required manpower, including drivers, conductors and other employees, to run the vehicles,” said a senior BUIDCo official.

The selected agency would run the buses under the ambit of Bihar Urban Transport Services Limited (BUTSL), a special purpose vehicle notified by the urban development and housing department through a notification issued on December 9, last year.

The buses would be parked at two depots belonging to Bihar State Road Transport Corporation (BSTRC) at Phulwarisharif and Malsalami. “BSRTC has already issued a no-objection certificate to park the buses at their two depots,” said the official.

The traffic mechanism in the city is also expected to get a much-needed boost owing to these buses. The norms laid under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for running the urban transport buses require the state government to have a “city operational plan”, which include installation of electronic traffic signals, CCTVs and modern bus queue shelters.

BUIDCo has started the bidding process for installation of electronic traffic signals and CCTVs at 97 locations in the city at an estimated outlay of Rs 24.45 crore according to the city operational plan.

“The selection of the firm to install new traffic signals is expected to be complete within a week. The company would be given four months to complete the work,” said the official.

Another Delhi-based firm has been awarded the work for installation of 216 swanky bus queue shelters at 108 locations and work has already started. The locations of the stops have been kept in consideration of existing major corridors of traffic movement.

These include Ashok Raj Path, Patna-Digha-Danapur road, Bailey Road, Hardinge Road and Kankerbagh Road and others.

The new bus queue shelters would be made using stainless steel, polycarbonate sheets and prefab material at estimated outlay of Rs 13.72 crore.