No MC AC buses for city residents this summer

Ludhianites will get no relief from the scorching summer travelling in MC city buses as the proposed AC buses are not arriving anytime soon.

"We have received only non-AC buses till now and AC buses are expected till September only. Residents will be able to travel in AC buses next summers only," said Baljit Singh, manager, city bus service.

While 31 buses out of the total proposed 200 are running now, 10 more are expected this week, which will take the total to 41. Even then the MC and state government have nothing to boast about as the project was initiated under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) way back in 2009 and has been hanging fire since then.

The registration process for 10 new buses was still on, said Singh, adding that "by Tuesday they are expected to start the journey".

The Ministry of Urban Development had approved a fleet of 200 buses, including AC low floor, non-AC semi-low floor and mini-buses, for inter-city transportation in Ludhiana.

Meanwhile, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria has gifted city residents a new service. "Six buses on the route of Gill road would ply up to Gurdwara Manji Sahib in Alamgir every Sunday," he said.

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