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NMC-run city bus service gets approval

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NASHIK:

Following approval by the General Body Meeting to run city bus service by Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), it was also sanctioned in a standing committee meeting on Tuesday.

A total of 200 CNG, 150 electrical and 50 diesel buses will be run phase-wise on an annual expenditure of Rs. 20 crores. After completion of the tender process, chairperson Uddhav Nimse gave his approval to make an agreement with three operator companies. During his earlier Nashik tour, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had stated that NMC should run city bus service in Nashik and announced that the government will provide help for this project. Since then, NMC started to work in that direction.

Thereafter, the number of city buses run by MSRTC had been reduced. Considering traffic congestion, vehicle parking issue and pollution, NMC had prepared a comprehensive traffic and transportation plan as an alternate for efficient transport. As per this report, it had been made clear that city bus service is the best option. The plan was approved in the GBM and accordingly Nashik Metropolitan Transport Corporation Ltd company has been formed.

Advisor of smart city company KPMG had prepared documents regarding the tender process for appointment of an operator to run Nashik city bus service on a gross cost contract basis. The tender process was floated then. As there was no response to it for running 400 buses, the administration had floated a separate tender process for running 150 electric buses. The standing committee on Tuesday approved to appoint M/s Eve-Trans Pvt company for ten years on GCC basis.

It will buy electric buses, to run them, look after their management and maintenance, while Travel Time Car Rental Pvt. Ltd. will operate 30 diesel buses and 120 CNG buses. Third operator company M/s. City Lifeline Pvt Ltd Delhi will be appointed for ten years on GCC basis. It will buy 20 diesel buses and 12 CNG buses, to run them, look after their management and maintenance. In this way, three operator companies will run the city bus service.

NMC to suffer loss of Rs 20 cr“After the start of 400 buses, NMC will have to spend around Rs. 215 crore per year including Rs. 113 crore for diesel and CNG buses, Rs 28 crore for electric buses, Rs. 4 crore for IT system and Rs 15-16 crore over conductors. It will earn a revenue of around Rs. 185-190 crore through city bus service and will suffer a loss of Rs. 20 crores every year, NMC administration has clarified.

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