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Delhi Cabinet defers decision on proposal for procurement of 1,000 buses

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government today deferred its decision on approving transport department's proposal to procure 1,000 standard floor buses, a day after it assured the High Court that no contract for such buses would be awarded till May 23.

The Cabinet, chaired by Arvind Kejriwal, deferred its decision on the matter till Friday, directing the transport department to check whether the procurement is affected due to the high court's order.

"The Cabinet meeting will again be held on May 18 to discuss the matter with regard to the procurement of 1,000 standard floor buses under Cluster Scheme," a said.

Last week also, the Cabinet could not take decision on the proposal as queries were raised over the plan and details were sought about the viability gap formula from department.

Yesterday, government and the DTC had assured the high court that no contract for standard floor buses would be awarded till May 23, in the backdrop of objections that they were not disabled-friendly.

The assurance was given as the court appeared inclined to stay the entire tender floated on March 15 for procurement of 1,000 standard floor buses by the DTC.

The DTC mainly runs around 3,700 low floor buses in the national capital while there are over 1,600 standard floor buses which ply under the 'Cluster Scheme'.

The other proposal for 1,000 will come up before the cabinet later as it is being firmed up by the departments concerned, officials said.

Under the cluster scheme, 1,648 buses are being run by the Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System (DIMTS).

Another 3,900 low-floor buses are run by the DTC.

According to independent sources, Delhi requires 10,000 to 15,000 buses to meet its transport needs.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 21:15 IST