To Boost Transport, 6000 Buses to Hit Delhi Roads


New Delhi: The Delhi government has decided to add 6,000 buses to the city’s roads and augment the public transport system — one among the many decisions taken on Thursday as part of its air pollution control measures.

The decision, taken during a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, is one of the government’s measures to improve public transport in light of its odd-even vehicle scheme.

“We will engage 4,000 additional CNG buses from January 1 to augment the existing flee. The transport department has also arranged for an additional 2,000 buses, which ferry school children, between January 1-15, the total 6,000 buses that will be added to the Delhi Transport Corporation’s fleet, 50 per cent seats will be reserved for women to ensure that they do not face any problem in commuting from their homes to places of work,” said transport minister Gopal Rai.

The contract buses will have their own drivers while conductors will be provided by the DTC. A committee which includes the special commissioner (transport), managing director, DTC and school bus union representatives has been set up to determine the fare. Route charts of private buses will also be displayed at bus stations.

Rai also said the government’s Pooch-O App will be relaunched by December 25. All auto-rickshaw drivers, with or without smartphones, have been asked to update their contact details on the app.