Nagpur's Star Bus Service gets very poor rating

Wednesday 07 December 2011

Inquiry panel recommends looking for an alternative service provider, but ignores corruption charges

After hanging fire for a whole year, the much awaited inquiry committee report on Nagpur’s Star Bus Service was tabled in the city municipal corporation on November 30. The 13-member committee constituted by the civic body, headed by senior BJP corporator Anil Sole, has recommended cancellation of agreement with the present bus service operator, Vansh Nimay Infraprojects, and look for an alternative service provider.

The committee in its report rapped NMC for not monitoring the bus service being provided by the private contractor. It also put Vansh Nimay in the dock for several irregularities and passing on its responsibilities to the civic body.


The report not only condemned NMC for not providing land for parking, maintenance of buses and construction of bus queue shelters where none exist, but also pulled up Vansh Nimay for not signing an agreement with the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) for parking space.

As a consequence of this negligence, the report said, large numbers of buses are being parked on the main roads in Sitabuldi area in the city. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan’s promise to provide parking space in the Morbhawan Bus Stand of MSRTC, a year back, has also not materialized, it said.

The report also condemned the bad state of maintenance of the bus fleet. Many buses had broken windows, non-working digital signs and unhygienic conditions in the passenger area.

Rs 40 crore scam?

The report, however, completely ignored allegations of corruption worth Rs 40 crore in the various processes relating to awarding of contract and purchase of buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), saying the corporator Raman Paigwar, who had made a complaint in this regard, had failed to provide relevant documents. This omission angered opposition members, and Paigwar said that not only had he submitted 65 pages of documents, but even the accountant general of Maharashtra had said that Rs 65 lakh excess money was paid by NMC while purchasing 60 buses.

Some of the corporators burnt copies of the report outside the town hall. A day later, former mayor and leader of opposition Vikas Thakre threatened to file a complaint with the state and central governments and the Anti Corruption Bureau over the alleged corruption and losses to NMC in running of the bus service.
The report has been handed over to the municipal commissioner for administrative decision.

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  • Respected Sir, today over 3

    Respected Sir, today over 3 lacs People travell from star bus daily. So the Fare should be reasonable in most travelled route. Benefit of pass should be equal to all for student and office employees ie 12 day fare for 1 month. In such case,there will be no need of bonafide. And passangers wil also increase. Ultimately corporation will earn more revenue and public will also be happy

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 years ago | Reply
  • Songaon bus chi service

    Songaon bus chi service regular nahi. Passanger la 2-2 tas bus chi wat bhaghavi lagate. 8 divas zale sakal chi 10.00 bus yet nahi. Office, College, Shala ya lokani kaya karawe. Jayni Pass Kadhali aahe tanya bus shivay paryay nahi. Ledies, Student yana phar trasha hoto. Pl. Service Chagali dya. Ofiice timing sakal ani Sayankal Cha business regular soda.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • Very efficiently written

    Very efficiently written information. It will be priceless to anybody who uses it, together with myself. Sustain the good work ÔÇô for positive i will try extra posts.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • The service of star bus is very much poor,very pathetic from February 1 ...Today (29-03-2017) I don't know why but the buses not available all over the Nagpur. people are facing so many trouble today and I also .We have to travel a long distance so we have a only single option for traveling and save our money .We are regular traveler so we can't afford a auto,taxi or cab ...I don't know when these problems are completely resolve and the bus service will normal

    Posted by: Sujata | one year ago | Reply
  • Actually sir if u don't mind.. In your star bus the conductors are not working properly............ Sir ticket mangne pe botle hai ki ruko abhi aur agar stop aajata h to aadhe paise leke utar dete h..... Sir mujhe aapke system se koi prblm nai h... But ye corrupt conductors pe thoda dhyan dijiye............. I kindly request to u...... Please judge the problem totally......

    Posted by: Saurabh Shahi | 8 months ago | Reply
  • Its completely unsafe....Because of incontunity of officer checking.Also uncomfortable for girls because Fully Drunked Man travell in that buses.That is totally unsafe for girls or Women.

    Posted by: Nishchay Paliwal | 5 months ago | Reply
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