Delhi roads to get 251 new buses by September
Delhi's public transport army is set to expand as the process of including 2,000 buses has already started, with 251 buses to hit the roads within four months. Three concessionaires-Antony Garage Private Ltd, Kapoor Watch Company and Green City Transport-have been finalized by the transport department for running 1,000 buses in four different clusters. It now awaits the Delhi government's nod, said an official.
After government nod, work order to be issued
"Once we receive the approval, the companies would be given a work-order, after which they will procure buses from vendors," the official said. The cluster scheme is privately run by DIMTS and the operator is paid on per-kilometer basis, while revenue from ticket sales goes to the government. In the auction, the finalized bidders quoted Rs. 48.9-55.3 per kilometer, added the official.
Delhi government's special focus on public transport system
5,600 buses ply on Delhi roads currently, with DIMTS running 1,648 cluster buses and DTC running almost 3,900. Apart from procuring more buses, a stunning Rs. 5,145cr has been allocated for transport sector. The AAP-led cabinet is surely focusing on strengthening its public transport network.
More buses for Delhi: DTC to add 40 more
Apart from DIMTS' 251 cluster buses, Delhi roads will also get another 40 DTC-run buses by the year-end. The technical bits, in which the technical qualification of the auctioneer will be tested, will be opened on Friday. "After that, the financial bids of those found suitable technically would be opened," said the official. DTC had floated tenders for 1,000 buses recently.Share this timeline