Saturday, December 2, 2023

JNNURM�city bus service delays further as no private party�responds to tender

Jamshedpur: The efforts of the Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee ( JNAC)� to revive the city bus service is getting delayed as no private party�is responding to the�tender .

The�tender was for outsourcing the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (�JNNURM)-sponsored city bus service.�

Vinod Kumar , a senior official of JNAC who is looking after the issue said , ” As no one turned up to takeover the bus service we will have to go for a re-tendering process.

Before re-tender we will seek advise of the urban development department, ” said Kumar adding that this time they will go for a short -tender wherein the process of submission of application and selection will be completed within 8-10 days.

The last (also second) tender floated earlier last month and opened in the third week of May had failed to attract a single bidder. Insiders blamed a number of factors for the lukewarm response from private parties.

“There are certain anomalies in the new route chart prepared by JNAC. Moreover, no terminus has been earmarked at Sakchi, an important junction for buses, due to fear of opposition from private operators,” explained a source at the Baridih depot.

Officials at the civic body are, however, optimistic of attracting private bidders this time because of certain changes that have been made in the new tender document.

The civic body had issued 13-point terms and conditions which the outsourced agency has to follow if it was interested in taking over the ailing bus service.

The terms and conditions stated that the agency would be appointed for a period of 11-months after which depending on the performance its contract will be liable for renewal.

Meanwhile, sources at the Baridih bus depot, where the fleet of 50-defunct buses are undergoing necessary repairing and maintenance job revealed that so far� ever engines� have been replaced for 30 buses. ” We have also changed the lubricant oil and filter of those 30 buses which will now undergo necessary denting and painting work. The buses will be given a fresh coat of paint,” said a worker engaged in the repairing work.

The state urban development department had recently sanctioned Rs 66 lakh to the JNAC so that it can undertake the repairing and maintenance job of the defunct buses. The urban civic body had engaged, a local automobile firm – Vishal Trading- to overhaul the rickety buses and make them fit so that the bus service could be resumed, at the earliest.�

Notably, the urban civic body that took over the reins of the city buses from Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation (JTDC) last year, had fixed a tentative deadline of mid-April for resuming the bus service.

” We were very optimistic about resuming the bus service from mid-April. But, now it seems difficult as no private party responded to the tender floated by us. We will again go for a re-tendering process which will delay the bus service, ” said Deepak Sahay, the special officer of JNAC.�

Launched in the city in 2010 with a fleet of 50 vehicles and eight notified routes, the service has now been reduced to 15 �buses on as many as five routes.

The Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC), Mango Notified Area Committee and Jugsalai municipality had mooted a proposal to run city bus service under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) as per the public private partnership (PPP) model.

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