In a good news for the Delhiites, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal today flag-off the first lot of a fleet of 25 new standard floor buses after a gap of eight years.
This buses which are inducted under the cluster scheme of the Delhi Integrated Multi Modal System(DIMTS). The buses were launched in a function at Rajghat depot.
The last time that Delhi government added buses for Public transport was way back in 2008 in the DTC fleet and in 2011 under the Cluster scheme.
Here are some of the salient features of the newly inducted buses:
1.It is the first batch of 25 standard floor buses from the entire fleet of 1000 buses to be rolled under the Cluster scheme.
2. All the buses will be non-air conditioned
3. The buses will come equipped with hydraulic lifts to make travel for differently abled commuters much comfortable
4. The new buses are also equipped with CCTV cameras and rear surveillance cameras.
5. They will be also come with the latest features like GPS and panic buttons for the safety of the passengers.
At present there are around 5,500 public transport buses including around 3,900 run by the Delhi Transport Corporation and over 1,600 buses under DIMTS's Cluster scheme.
The Delhi government plans to induct a total of 4,000 new buses including 1,000 e-buses by mid 2020.
Transport minister Kailash Gahlot had earlier said the entire fleet of 1,000 standard floor buses under the Cluster scheme will be rolled on the city roads by December this year.
The process for procurement of 1,000 low floor buses each for DTC and DIMTS is also underway.
Meanwhile, The AAP government has made it mandatory for conductors in cluster buses to go to passengers and collect fare, but the same is not a requirement in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses.