After 4 failed tenders, govt to build 1,397 bus stops by itself

After four back-to-back tenders to build 1,397 new bus stops in Delhi found no takers, the government said it has finally decided to build the bus stops on its own.The decision comes soon after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators and the Opposition, earlier this week, criticised transport minister Kailash Gahlot over “zero progress” in redeveloping bus queue shelters (BQSS) across Delhi. Till now, the state transport department floated four tenders to get 1,397 new bus stands across the city, but failed every time with no apparent bidder showing interest. A high-level meeting was held on Wednesday where the government decided to build the BQSS on its own to meet the viability gap. But, the bus stops will not be made of stainless steel which is a common sight in the city. “A stainless steel bus stop costs ₹20 lakh. The model we are finalising will be around ₹8 lakh. These are likely to be powdercoated bus stops, instead of the shiny stainless steel models,” said an official privy to the development.

Source :- Hindustan Times