Delhi Government Plans to Buy 3000 More Buses
Published On Jan 25, 2016
In a bid to boost the public transportation system in Delhi, the state government has decided to acquire 3000 new buses by the end of this year. Currently, the government is working to implement odd-even formula at regular intervals.
According to the state transport minister Gopal Rai, a number of 1000 buses will ply on roads from April, under the cluster system. The government is also planning to operate 1000 air-conditioned low-floor buses from August to encourage affluent classes to use public transportation system. These air conditioned buses offer premium services with higher fares.
“Under the premium bus service, we will run 1000 buses by the end of this year. These buses will have AC, water, magazine, marshals, Wi-Fi and other facilities,” said Mr. Gopal Rai. He further added, “These buses will ply on the selected routes where the elite class is residing and working. They can also book their seats in these buses on-line.”
According to Mr. Rai, a cabinet note with respect to 1000 cluster buses has already been created and it will get clearance from the state cabinet by next week.
The Minister for Road Transport has also raised his concern over pollution from trucks entering Delhi premises from outside. He urged the state governments of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to limit the entry of trucks entering Delhi from outside.
“There are thousands of trucks traveling to other states. I have written to both UP and Haryana governments to stop the entry of such vehicles and divert their routes,” said Rai while expressing his concerns.