Four new i-buses will be rolled on BRTS corridor soon, as the Atal Indore City Transport Services Limited (AICTSL) is likely to receive new buses next week.
Besides, eight city buses are being repaired and equipped with additional features to ply on the corridor. With this, we can expect run of 12 buses within a week in addition to 16 i-buses, said AICTSL CEO Sandeep Soni.
Both AICTSL officials and commuters have claimed in unison that the number of buses on BRTS should be increased which would not only save the passengers’ time but also prevent the loss of Rs 25 lakh per month in operating expenditure. It will also reduce traffic congestion on the dedicated lane.
The AICTSL is plying 16 ibuses out of the 18 ibuses it received from supplier a Pune-based Company which is required to supply total 50 buses to AICTSL by December 2013, as per the contract assigned by AICTSL to company in 2012.
“The company had assured us of delivering all the buses by December 2013 but so far only 18 buses were delivered in parts. We have written to the company for delivery of the buses but the company seems to give preference to Bangalore for delivering the buses” said AICTSL spokesperson, Mala Singh Thakur.
“I-buses are running overcrowded. Passengers often complaint of suffocation, pick pocketing and eve-teasing during peak hours” said Priya Bokhare, a BBA student.
“After the HC allowed plying of cars in the dedicated lane, traffic jams between Industry House and LIG Square, GPO and Shivaji Vatika and Bhawarkuan Square are witnessed daily. ” said Shivam Saraf, a student.
“The AICTS had promised that buses will be available in every 5-7 minutes on the stops but we have to wait for more than 10 minutes, said Bindiya Oberoi, MSc Student. AICTSL officials claimed that increasing number of buses may resolve the problem faced by commuters. Ibuses, presently ferrying around 22,000 passengers per month are earning around Rs 90 lakh. However, Rs 1.15 crore is being spent on the operation of these buses making a loss of Rs 25lakh to the company.
Incentive plan for drivers
In its bid to retain the drivers, AICTSL has launched an incentive plan. The driver pass on three criteria will receive Rs 1500 in addition to their salary.
The drivers maintaining job attendance of 26 days per month will entitle to get Rs 300 while no accident or damage in I-bus during the month will get them an incentive of Rs 300. The driver will receive Rs 900 incentive on recording highest fuel average throughout the month.