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``As we do not have much time to purchase a new bus, we have spoken to the manufacturers of these two buses. After inspection, the manufacturers have said these buses can be brought into good condition by replacing the engine and gear box. This would cost us less. Thus, we will use these two buses for Delhi-Lahore bus service,'' said the Delhi Transport Minister, Ajay Maken, at a press conference here today.
Although widely speculated that the suspended Delhi-Lahore bus service would resume from July 1, Mr. Maken said he had not received any communication from the Ministry of External Affairs so far.
The golden colour luxury buses which were plying between Delhi and Dehra Dun after the Delhi-Lahore bus service was discontinued were now being overhauled as they were in a very bad shape. "The two buses are being repaired to make them ready for operation,'' he said. At the same time, he said new luxury buses would be purchased at a later stage to ply on this high-profile route.
Mr. Maken said the Delhi Government and DTC officials were preparing for talks with a two-member delegation of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) which is arriving in the
Capital on June 18. The technical talks and the modalities of the soon-to-be resumed services would be held on June 18 and 19. "Issues like fares, logistics and facilities would be discussed,'' he said. While the PTDC delegation is likely to be headed by its Deputy Managing Director, the DTC team would be led by its Chairman.
On the issue of outstanding dues of more than Rs. 24 lakhs that the PTDC owes to the DTC, Mr. Maken said the matter would be taken up with the visiting Pakistani delegation. "But its recovery would not become a pre-condition to run the service,'' he said, adding: "We are ready to run the bus service whenever we are asked by the Ministry of External Affairs.''
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