26 more buses in­tro­duced for students

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - CITY -

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.

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