Under the JNNURM scheme, the state government will be acquiring around 1,300 news buses. While 100 of those buses will be given to the Calcutta State Transport Corporation and Calcutta Transport Corporation each, 20 of those buses will be run by HIDCO and another 630 would be made to ply on a franchise basis. The rest might be taken by the private bus operators who are to replace their pre-1993 commercial vehicles.
Of almost 3,000 buses, which fall within the 15-year-old ban purview of the High Court, the state transport department claimed that till date only 153 have applied for replacement and 90 of which have received the order of replacement.
On the other hand, the government has received 6,800 applications from the owners of post-2000 two-stroke autos, which fall within the provisions of being fitted with a retrofit LPG kit. Among them, the government said, 2,881 application forms were found to be incomplete.