Representatives of Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland and Volvo participated in the pre-bid conference for purchase of buses by Chandigarh Transport Undertaking. 98 buses are to be added to the existing fleet. The companies demanded certain changes in the terms and conditions proposed by the CTU.
The proposal for purchase of buses has been hanging fire for more than a year. Recently, the funds for the purchase were approved.
During the meeting the representatives of the companies asked for changes in the Annual Maintenance Contract. CTU authorities had wanted AMC for 12 years. The companies contended that the AMC should be for five years as it would be difficult to calculate the enhancement in the cost of equipment in 12 years.
The companies demanded that the time limit of 90 days for delivering the buses be increased as they would not be able to deliver all the buses in this stipulated time. It was further demanded that the penalty clause in case of non supply of buses on time should be altered. CTU had also included a clause that in case a bus breaks down and is standing for more than three hours, it would be considered non-functional for the whole day and penalty would be levied. The companies have demanded that the amount of penalty proposed should be reduced.
The companies have been given time till November 29 to submit any other alterations. These will be discussed with higher officials and a final decision taken. Thereafter tenders will be floated.