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Restart Green bus, Gadkari to civic chief

Nagpur: Six months after Swedish company Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt Ltd stopped running 25 air-conditioned ethanol-run buses in the city, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday empowered municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar to take initiative to resume the country’s first eco-friendly bus carrier.

Scania had wound up operations in the city from August 12 mentioning non-cooperation from the NMC on various counts, together with clearing its dues in time, offering website for a bus depot and others. Even Gadkari failed to persuade the corporate to restart the pilot venture.

On Monday, Gadkari convened a gathering of Scania officials in New Delhi which was also attended by means of municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar, transport committee chairman Bunty Kukde and NMC’s transport manager Shivaji Jagtap.

Bangar was not available for feedback, however transport committee chairman Bunty Kukde showed the advance. “Gadkari not most effective empowered the civic chief to take on the issue but in addition set a closing date of 10 days for restarting the carrier,” mentioned Kukde.

Already, one of the purple bus operators Travel Time had expressed to take over the 28-bus fleet of Scania by means of paying Rs1.28 crore for every bus and also confirmed passion to switch the financial institution guarantee of Rs7.50 crore. Currently, the fairway buses are parked at Scania’s upkeep depot at MIDC Hingna.

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