The latest reports suggest that Hyderabadis will have to wait to rejoice in the comeback of the city's iconic double-decker bus as the department fails to receive enough tender applications.
In the month of February, TSRTC (Telangana State Road Transport Corporation) invited tenders for the purchase of 25 double-decker buses for inter-city transport. It also formed a committee for the same. The committee also reviewed the feasibility of operating these buses on Hyderabad's roads, which then suggested five routes for plying them.
But plans have only remained on paper since then and not many developments have been undertaken in this regard. The tenders are being awaited by TSRTC and only Ashok Leyland submitted its bid, out of the four companies who took tender papers in February.
According to the Executive Director of Greater Hyderabad Zone, TSRTC, Venkateswarulu, the bidders submitted financial and technical bids which were reviewed by TSRTC and it would take more than six months to finalize the bid.
The five routes suggested by the committee are Secunderabad-Medchal via Suchitra; CBS-Jeedimetla, Secunderabad-Patancheru via Balanagar; Koti-Patancheru, and AfzalGunj-Mehdipatnam.Many politicians criticized this decision taken by the TRS government saying these buses are infeasible now, instead the government should focus on improving the existing public transport.
Some road transport activists feel that with roads being widened, and a large number of flyovers being built, bringing back the double-decker buses would be a bad idea.
In the 80sUntil the late 1980s, the double-decker buses were a common sight in the city but were later phased out in the 2000s due to high maintenance and operational and maintenance and lack of availability of spare parts.
This bus service first was started in 1856 by the sixth Nizam in 1856 by Zahoor Unnisa, wife of Mir Mahboob Ali Khan. Zahoor used the 'Meher' amount to start the transport service in Secunderabad. The letter 'Z' still remains as a tribute to the Nizam State Road Transport Department and Zahoor Unnisa.