26 more buses introduced for students
CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh administration informed the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday that it had introduced 20 additional buses in the morning and six in the afternoon exclusively for students.
It was submitted that the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) was providing local bus services with a frequency of 10 to 30 minutes in every sector for students as well as for general public.
The information was submitted by the CTU’s general manager, SP Parmar, through an affidavit in the court of justice Rajive Bhalla.
It was informed that at present there were around 26,000 students of schools, colleges and university in Chandigarh who were availing bus pass facilities and traveling in CTU buses. It was added that 6,000 more students intended to avail the bus facility. The officer added that at present there were a total of 275 buses plying in Chandigarh out of which 74 were air-conditioned.
Appearing for the UT administration, advocate Arjun Shukla informed the bench that there was a proposal to purchase 98 new buses against the condemned buses during this year for plying on school routes.
Shukla also placed the details of routes and timings of school buses before the bench. The bench directed advocate Vaibhav Sharma to visit various bus stops and submit the report on their running schedule.
The bench was also informed that since January this year till date a total number of 409 challans had been issued to the school buses for various violations, including crossing of speed limit, carrying students more than capacity etc. However, a total number of 9,163 auto-rickshaws were challaned in the past nine months for violations like overloading, red light jump, plying without permit etc, and 1,219 autos were impounded. The case would now come up for hearing on October 12.