Jamshedpur, March 10: City buses have resumed their services with 10 city buses beginning operation in various routes of the steel city, taking the total count of buses to public 22.
The Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC), the custodian of city buses, said 10 of the remaining 38 buses rolled out on Thursday.
The remaining 28 buses are expected to resume service in another one week or so.
While 12 of the 50 buses, grounded since October 2014, made a comeback on six routes of Jamshedpur last year, the fate of the bulk of the fleet (38 buses) was hanging fire with no bidder coming forward to run the vehicles on the other routes.
“We want to ensure that all the buses are on the roads. We have got a bidder for the rest 38 buses. The tender committee has selected Bhola Nath Singh, a local private party to whom all the 38-buses have been outsourced. An agreement has been signed with the private party who has also deposited the requisite security money for running the buses,” said a JNAC official.
JNAC has prepared afresh a route chart for the 38 buses. The 10 buses, which were introduced today, would ply between Dimna Road in Mango to places like Sakchi, Burmamines, Tatanagar railway station, Dhatkidih, Golmuri and Tinplate.
Notably, the urban civic body that took over the reins of the city buses from Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation (JTDC) in 2014 had fixed a tentative deadline of mid-April for resuming the bus service.
Launched in the city in 2010 with a fleet of 50 vehicles and eight notified routes, the service was reduced to 15 buses on as many as five routes.
The JNAC, Mango Notified Area Committee and Jugsalai Municipality mooted a proposal to run city bus service under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) as per the public private partnership (PPP) model.