Ranchi, 30 May-2014, TNN: More than half the city buses plying on Ranchi roads are in a battered condition. This was revealed in a survey conducted by the Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) a week ago.
Conducted by Ramkrishna Kumar, assistant executive officer of RMC, the survey was done soon after the Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation (JTDC) that had been operating the city buses, announced to withdraw its services from June 15. The operation and management of the buses was now handed over to RMC on the direction of the urban development department.
Kumar said, “Before taking charge of operating the city buses, we wanted to find out about the present condition of these buses. In the survey, we found that of the 70 buses bought, only 40 ply on the road and the condition of almost 90% of them is dismal . Of the 30 buses, we checked around 27 buses have to be pushed to make them move in the morning and only three work on self-start.”
The 70 buses were bought in 2009, of which only 40 are in a working condition, while the rest 30 are lying idle at the bus stand. JTDC had announced withdrawing the operation of city buses as they were incurring huge losses. This apart, the expenditure on repair was too high.
After the survey, RMC is now planning to demand the money for repair of buses from the government. An official of RMC said requesting anonymity, “Plans are afoot to write to the government demanding money for the repair of buses as most of them are in a dilapidated condition.”
Daily commuter Rashmi Kumari said, “The seats of buses are torn and rusted iron juts out from many seats, which is very unsafe.