BJP lawmaker claims Delhi overpaid for new low floor buses

September 12th, 2008 - 10:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Sep 12 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker from Delhi Vijay Jolly Friday accused the Congress government here of pocketing over Rs.1.53 billion while ordering low-floor buses and demanded an enquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Jolly raised the issue Friday in the Delhi assembly.

“DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) had ordered for purchase of 625 non-A.C. and 25 A.C. low-floor CNG buses. Till date 426 non-A.C. and 25 A.C. low-floor buses have been inducted. The remaining 207 non A.C. low-floor buses are likely to be received by October 2008,” Jolly told the house.

“The buses have been purchased from Tata Motors. The Delhi government was charged nearly Rs.4.1 million for every non-A.C. bus. The total cost of non-A.C. buses purchased by the government is nearly Rs.2.58 billion,” he added.

“However, similar kind of low-floor non-A.C. buses were purchased by the Metropolitan Transport Corporation of Chennai from Ashok Leyland in 2006-07 for only Rs.1.6 million per bus and in 2007-08 for only Rs 1.68 million per bus.”

He said: “These figures clearly show that the Delhi government has purchased low-floor buses at inflated cost price, causing loss to the public exchequer to the tune of around Rs.1.53 billion.”

Jolly told IANS: “The minister concerned didn’t care to reply to this. I am not going to stop here. I will complain about this to the Central Vigilance Commission.”

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