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Dhananjay Jha, Noida: The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) is going to add 27 new air-conditioned buses to its fleet.
These private operator-owned buses will run from Noida’s Morna bus depot and greater Noida.
Private bus owners were earlier at odds with the UPSRTC and had refused to rent out their buses, as they found the transport corporation’s terms and conditions unviable. The UPSRTC had proposed that fare-collection rights would stay with them and that they would pay the operators on a per-kilometre basis, which the private operators disagreed with.
However, they have now agreed to work with the corporation.
“Most of us have purchased the buses. Since we have invested a lot of money, we are left with no choice but to join the UPSRTC service. We do not want to keep these buses with us. However, we still discussing the matter with UPSRTC to consider our appeal to give us fare collection right and we will pay on per kilometre basis to the state roadways,” said Kaushal Agrawal, joint secretary Noida Bus Association (NBA), which has 132 bus transporters as its members.
UPSRTC officials said that the demand for AC buses was on rise and that more private operators are keen to join the Noida depot. Two days ago, the UPSRTC started four privately run AC buses from Greater Noida for Kanpur and Saharanpur.
“We had received several requests from passengers for these buses. We have been working on it for a while now, which is why we invited private bus operators to join us. We started running two AC buses from August 10 from Noida and the feedback was good,” said Sharad Singh, regional manager, UPSRTC, Gautam Budh Nagar.
“Private operators have informed us that they are working with their new buses and we hope more than 50 new buses will join the Noida and Greater Noida depot by October-end,” said Singh.