Finally, Tata hands over five low-floor buses to UT Admn

Likely to start operations in a week

After more than a month, five out of 14 low-floor buses were handed over to the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) today. These 14 buses arrived at Chandigarh on December 28 last year.

According to officials, these buses are expected to start operations within a week. Meanwhile, all the 60 low-floor non-AC Tata buses have arrived at the company's local workshop.

The residents will still have to wait for another week to use the services of these new low-floor non-AC buses.

"The five buses handed over to the CTU would take around a week to start operations. All the 60 buses have reached Chandigarh. These are at Tata's workshop to undergo some overhauling process so as to remove some defects," said CTU Director M L Sharma.

It is to be noted that the contract worth Rs 45 crore for 100 buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme was awarded to Tata Motors last year. The deadline for the delivery of 60 non-AC and 40 AC buses was September 2009.

According to the officials, the maximum penalty limit of 10 per cent would expire on March 31, 2010. In case the company fails to deliver the buses, the Administration will have a right to terminate the contract.

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