New Delhi: The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has stated that during 2008-09, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) procured 2,500 low floor buses (1,000 AC and 1,500 Non-AC) at an inordinately high price.

The purchase of these buses at higher prices caused a huge loss of Rs 61 crore to Delhi government’s coffers.

Earlier, CAG gave a detailed report on Delhi government’s projects for organising Commonwealth Games. Sheila Dixit government came up with its reply but CAG is reportedly not satisfied.

Following this CAG has again prepared a report which states that that during 2008-09, DTC purchased 2,500 low floor buses at higher price.

For the financial year which ended in March 2009, the report says that between September and November 2009, the Corporation procured additional 625 buses at the same high price, which cost the exchequer an additional Rs.61.10 crore.

CAG has included the reply of Delhi government regarding this matter in its report.

According to the report, Delhi government in its reply to CAG in December, 2011 said that these buses can be used for a period of 12 years and their engine lasts up to 7.5 lakh kms. While, normal busses can run for only eight years and their engine lasts up to 5 lakh kms.

That’s why new low floor busses are expensive than the normal one but they have better shell life and better features.

Opposition has time and again blamed government saying that low floor buses were purchased at lower prices in other part of the country.

The difference in the cost of these buses is in lakhs and complaints have been received that many parts of these new buses are getting rusted.

(JPN/Bureau)