Ashok Leyland Ltd. (ALL) has got an order from the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) for supplying 875 low-floor buses that will run on CNG. The order is worth about Rs 480 crore, and comes with a 12-year maintenance contract that’s worth another Rs 710 crore.
ALL will not only deliver these CNG buses, but also train drivers and mechanics, and maintain the buses by setting up dedicated maintenance depots for these buses. Delivery of the buses (350 of which will be air-conditioned, with the remaining 525 being non-AC) will start by mid-2009, with all the buses being delivered by September this year. All buses will be fitted with 230 horsepower engines, automatic transmissions and a speed limiting device, as mandated by DTC.