BMTA board gives nod to procurement of NGV buses from SCN-CHO joint venture

The board of Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) has approved the city bus operator’s plan to purchase a fleet of 489 NGV buses from SCN-CHO cooperation at a total cost of 4.2 billion baht which is 201 million baht higher than the median price.

BMTA board chairman Nuttachat Charuchinda said that a contract would be inked on Dec 28 between BMTA and SCN-CHO joint venture which was the sole bidder for the bus procurement project.

He said that the company was obliged to deliver the first lot of 100 NGV buses in 90 days or in next March with the rest of the buses to be delivered within 180 days or within the middle of the year.

Asked about the city bus agency’s project to rent E-ticket system and cash boxes to be installed in the bus fleet, Mr Nuttachat said a working committee would meet on Friday (Dec 22) to discuss the project.

He indicated that the city bus agency might install the E-ticket system and cash boxes in only 800 non-air conditioned or “hot” buses instead of 2,600 buses as contracted because trial use of the system and the cash boxes showed that they did not fully work.

It was reported that most commuters shunned the system, especially during rush hours because they had to wait in long queue before they could get on board the buses.

SCN-CHO cooperation is a joint venture between Cho Thavee Public Company Limited and Scan Inter Public Company Limited.

According to Cho Thavee’s report to the Stock Exchange of Thailand on Dec 7, the company has formed a consortium with Scan Inter Plc with responsibility at a ratio of 50% each to co-propose the quotation for the trade and maintenance of 489 NGV air-conditioned vehicles for the BMTA with a total medium price of 4,020,158,000 baht.