Delhi: Govt. to increase number of buses to 11,000
For the convenience of lakhs of Delhiites commuting by buses, Delhi Government is planning to increase the number of buses to 11,000, the city's total requirement. In a meeting with ministers and transport officials, CM Arvind Kejriwal sought a detailed plan on raising the buses' number and sites for parking. However, transportation department said lack of parking space was a major issue. Know more!
Delhi's AAP government approved a proposal for the procurement of 2,000 buses on Delhi's roads after a three-year delay. While 1,000 buses would be low-floor ones for the state-run Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), the other 1,000 would be cluster buses for Delhi Integrated Multi-modal Transit System (DIMTS). Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot tweeted these non-AC buses would be rolled out in a year.
All Delhi cabinet ministers, except Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, have attended the meeting with transport officials. One of the ministers stated: "Even if buses are procured there is no place to park them. The CM has asked for a detailed plan in two days."
With plans to procure 2,000 additional buses, transport officials say the deficit of buses in the city would come down to 3,500. Tenders for these 2,000 buses would reportedly be floated soon. However, if the government is planning to get another 3,500 buses to cater to the city's total requirement, a minimum of 100-acre additional land would be required for parking.