Maharashtra government may give the funds meant for procuring 60 new buses by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to some other municipal body in the state.
This is because the NMC decided that the 60 minibuses are no longer required in the city and it asked the centre to give the fund to Pune or other city in Maharashtra on request of state government.
NMC was operating 230 buses including 150 standard-size and 80 minibuses since 2007 by appointing private operator Vansh Nimay infraprojects (VNIL).
Under central government's Jawaharlal Nehru national urban renewal mission (JNNURM), it got funds for 300 more buses including 240 standard and 60 minibuses in February 2009. Under the project, centre shares 50 percent of the cost, state 30 percent, and NMC the remaining 30 percent.
Maintaining the same operator, NMC procured just 240 standard-size buses and expressed inability to buy the 60 minibuses. Later, NMC planned to procure two air-conditioned buses to run between the airport and the city or for the proposed 'Nagpur Darshan' tours instead of these 60 buses. The plans never materialized.
According to minutes of a review meeting held by ministry of urban development (UD) on October 1 at New Delhi, NMC informed the meeting that all 240 buses sanctioned under JNNURM were in operation.