These stations would be at proposed bus depots and other vacant plots of the civic body and will supply the green fuel for city buses that the NMC would be introducing from April next year.
The six locations identified are Tapovan, Sinnar Phata, plot near Vasant Pawar Medical College at Adgaon, plot near NMC’s fire brigade station in Panchavati, near Truck Terminus at Chehedi and plot near NMC’s water treatment plant at Pathardi.
“We have received a letter from the MNGL and a decision on the issue will be taken soon,” an NMC official said.
The NMC has plans to operate 400 buses, including 200 CNG buses, through private agencies. The bus service is to be operated on GCC (Gross Cutting Contract) for a period of 10 years. This includes purchase of new buses, its maintenance, employing drivers and purchasing fuel. The civic body will pay charges to private agencies on kilometer basis.
Three agencies have already been identified to operate the buses and a letter of intent has already been issued. The NMC is now in the process of signing an agreement with the three operators.
“We have already provided a draft of the agreement to the agencies and will soon sign it. Each agency will have to operate the first batch of 50 buses within three months from the date of agreement,” the NMC official said.
The total operational cost for city bus service is estimated to be around Rs 210 crore per annum and the NMC will generate revenue through tickets.
As per the DPR of the city bus service project, the city bus service will operate on 146 routes with over 759 bus stops across the city.