The Delhi government is planning to induct only air conditioned public transport, including standard floor and medium-size buses for all new projects in the city. To begin with, 431 AC standard-floor buses will be rolled out in a phased manner between April this year and March 2018. In a first, these air conditioned buses will be added to the cluster or orange bus fleet operated by the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) Limited. At present, all the 1,275 AC buses plying on city roads are run by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). Read|Centre proposes Rs 20,000-cr package to decongest Delhi In a series of meetings held by transport minister Satyendar Jain over the past two months, officials have been clearly told that only AC vehicles must be considered for proposals to augment public transport. “Apart from standard buses, we are trying that all midi and mini buses that would be introduced too are air conditioned. The Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) of Delhi is now looking after the midi bus project. The aim is to encourage people to use buses,” a government official said. The fare for these buses is yet to be decided. While midi/mini buses are likely to have a different fare structure, experts raised concerns if one would have to shell out more for their journeys. At present, fares of non-AC buses start at ₹5 and that of the AC ones, from ₹10. The government is also working on a proposal to introduce an AC Maxi Cab scheme to plug last-mile connectivity. The cabs provided under the scheme will be air-conditioned and will have seating capacity of six to 12, excluding the driver. The scheme is set to be a departure from the Gramin Sewas that ply on 166 routes across the city as passengers won’t be exposed to dust, pollution and the scorching heat. Around 10,000 such AC cabs will be introduced on the city’s roads over the next one year. Read|Public buses with panic buttons, CCTVs, GPS launched by transport minister “Moving beyond the metro, the government wants to create a world class public transport system in three years. The upcoming state budget is going to include these aspects and more funds are likely to be allocated,” another official added. Apart from the 431 AC buses, DIMTS is also inducting 225 non-AC standard floor buses, 15 of which were rolled out over the past one week. Some officials, however, differed and said the plan to induct only AC buses would be difficult. “There are hardly two manufacturers for Delhi’s buses. Most, including these two, focus on buses for other states as they are diesel-run. They take their own time to manufacture CNG buses specifically for Delhi. There is low demand for CNG buses as a whole,” an official said. He added that it is because of this that the AC buses which would be rolled out in the next few months got delayed by several years. “Tenders for these buses were floated at least three years ago. If the manufacturers are not forthcoming then how will we meet the demand of having the required fleet of 11,000 buses?” he asked.Proof
To encourage people to use public transport, Delhi government has decided to slash fares of DTC and cluster buses by whopping 75 per cent from January 1. The government has also decided to make DTC bus travel free for students up to the age of 21-years. Delhi Transport Minister Satyendar Jain said though the decision to slash the fares has been taken, the Cabinet is expected to give a formal go ahead to the move following which the notification will be issued by end of ..Proof
Delhi Govt statement on hon’ble LG declining approval to dedicated bus lanes proposal: Delhi government informs the residents of the national capital with regret that the hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Delhi has declined to approve the proposal for dedicated bus lanes on Delhi roads and imposition of a fine of Rs 2,000 to the violators of this rule. Following the demand of Delhi Traffic Police and consistent orders of the hon’ble Supreme Court of India over the years, the Delhi government had prepared this proposal and sent it to the hon’ble LG for approval. The salient features of the proposal included – creation of dedicated bus lanes; it would be mandatory for buses to ply in these lanes and no obstruction would be allowed in these lanes (like parking of vehicles etc.,). It was proposed that any violation of the above mentioned rules would attract a fine of Rs 2,000. The hon’ble Supreme Court in its judgment on 1st December 1998 in MC Mehta Vs Union of India & others had ruled :“They will also ensure that wherever it exists, buses shall be confined to the bus lane and equally no other motorised vehicle is permitted to enter upon the bus lane. We direct the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, NDMC, PWD, Delhi Government and DDA, Union Government and the Delhi Cantt. Board to take steps to ensure that bus lanes are segregated and roads markings are provided on all such roads as may be directed by the police and transport authorities.” Further, the hon’ble Delhi High Court in its judgment on 26th March 2007, in Court On Its Motion vs Union Of India (Uoi) And Others, had ruled :“Every driver of a vehicle is expected to drive and maintain ‘proper lane driving system’ on the roads. The buses should ply in the bus lane and should be parked at the bus-bays on the bus stands and wherever bus stands do not have proper bus-bays then they should be parked at the extreme left of the road and in a queue. Most of the roads are wide enough to maintain the lane system and the greatest offenders of this system are the buses and the two wheelers.” It is unfortunate that the hon’ble LG of Delhi has declined approval to the proposal seeking enforcement of bus lanes and lane driving, stating that it is “ambigious.”Proof
The Budget 2016-17 makes provision for procurement of 3000 new buses of 3 different kinds. This is in progress.
An action plan for more bus depots has been finalised and four new depots will be ready soon to facilitate introducing more buses.