India’s first Green Bus project launched in the city 20 months ago has come to a halt. Despite request from city MP and union minister Nitin Gadkari, Swedish bus maker Scania stopped operating 25 ethanol-run buses from Monday morning sticking to its termination notice issued to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).
TOI was the first to report about Scania’s termination notice on June 15 over non-payment of its dues by NMC. NMC sources said Scania will not resume operations at least until August 23. Gadkari has organized a meeting with Scania officials and also Swedish Ambassador on August 23 at New Delhi to resolve issues.
Pioneer of the project, Gadkari held two meetings, first on August 4 and second on August 12, to try to get Scania to continue operations. Following Gadkari’s orders, municipal commissioner Virendra Singh wrote to Scania on August 12 requesting them to postpone termination notice till August 23.
NMC sources said Scania did not reply to the civic chief’s mail. Scania has moved all 25 Green Buses to its parking and maintenance depot at MIDC Hingna. Read More