NMC’s city bus service to start with 50 CNG buses
NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation is all set to start its own city bus service after end of Model Code of Conduct following state assembly elections scheduled to be held on October 21. The municipal Standing Committee has already given its nod for commencement of the bus service.
The NMC is holding final talks with the contractual company to ink pact. In the first phase, the civic body will run 40 to 50 CNG (compressed natural gas) buses in the city. However full-fledged bus service is aimed at second week of February 2020.
With an estimated expenditure of Rs 20 crore per annum, the second phase city bus service will comprise of 200 CNG buses, 150 electric and 50 diesel buses. A tender process was initiated last month following approval to ink pact with three operating companies.
The agreement process with the operating companies is likely to be completed by November 15. A 90-day deadline period has been set for companies supplying CNG and diesel buses, whereas 120 days period has been set for company supplying electric buses.
Hence it is expected that altogether 40 CNG and 10 diesel buses will be seen on the street of Nashik by February 15, 2020.