Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has floated a tender to appoint a new consultant to replace the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Limited (DIMTS) – Program Manager of City Bus Service for the past six years.
A senior official of the Transport Department of NMC also said that the New Delhi-based firm has been a complete failure in many respects. Such as efforts to increase the number of passengers traveling in aapli bus and reduction of dead kilometers etc.
NMC also participated in DIMTS for nearly six years in December 2016 to oversee city bus operations, after it acquired the Aapli bus service from UMTC and Vansh Nimay Infraprojects Ltd. The official also said, “Right now we are also looking for an agency on the lines of Gurugram, where the firm collects money on the sale of tickets.” And added that after this the program manager will always try to increase the number of these passengers as much as possible so that more money can be made.
According to the official, DIMTS has completely failed to appoint a fare collection agency, identify Nagpur Municipal Corporation in setting up the depot infrastructure and reduce the expenditure on dead km among others.
The frequency of the Aapli bus fleet has also improved significantly and revenue
Giving an example, he has also said that 60 buses are also parked in two depots at Koradi and Khapri. “A bus travels about 30 km per day without passengers, The bus also stops at the depot and exits the depot for the Sitabuldi bus stop. “Multi-modal Transit System Limited should have planned to reduce the dead km by starting the Khaparkheda, Kamptee, or Butibori route directly from the depot. But in Sitabuldi, buses come empty and return empty.” said the officer.
In the past, the transport department of the NMC had to form a specialized flying squad, which caught many conductors charging the fare. The NMC official has also told that the local officials of Multi-modal Transit System Limited were never aware of the strike of your bus drivers and conductors at all.
A DIMTS official has also said that city bus operations have improved very rapidly after the agency came to the fore. “The frequency of the Aapli bus fleet has also improved significantly, revenue, and reduction has also seen an increase. We have also reduced theft and fined operators for poor service.” They said.
When asked whether DIMTS would participate in the re-tendering of NMC, the official said, “We are there. If NMC opts for the re-tendering process, then we will absolutely certainly bid for the next six years irrespective of the option of extending the service.