Delhi CM announces 100 air-conditioned low-floor buses, Auto News, ET Auto
New Delhi:The size of the public transport bus fleet has increased to a record high of 6,900 in the city, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday after reporting 100 low-floor, air-conditioned buses at the depot. Rajghat here.
The city’s transport department is also striving to have 300 electric buses on the road by April, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said at the occasion.
“With the introduction of these 100 buses now, the size of the public transport bus fleet has increased to 6,900, which is the highest to date. Previously, there were around 6,000 buses at the time of the Games of the Commonwealth (in 2010),” Kejriwal said.
The government is buying many other buses, including electric buses, he said.
“It takes 2-3 years for new buses to arrive due to a tendering process and other formalities, it cannot happen overnight. When our government was formed, it There was a big shortage of buses because no new buses were purchased for many years. The buses started rolling out after we activated the procurement process,” he said.
The 100 new buses will be operated mainly on rural roads from the Ghumanhera bus depot, he said, adding, “We are committed to boosting public transport by ensuring that people have buses to move at regular intervals”.
Meanwhile, the Transport Minister tweeted: “Congratulations! Today we have added 100 fully BS VI compliant AC CNG buses to our fleet. Under the dynamic leadership of Hon. CM @ArvindKejriwal ji, Delhi in 2022 will see more and more the state of the art bus, of which 100% electric buses are added to its fleet!
Congratulation! Today we have added another 100 fully BS VI compliant AC CNG buses to our fleet. Under Hon’ble CM @ArvindKejriwal Thanks to ji’s dynamic leadership, Delhi in 2022 will see more and more state-of-the-art buses, including 100% electric buses added to its fleet! pic.twitter.com/D4dWm5ey0F
— Kailash Gahlot (@kgahlot) January 14, 2022
A prototype electric bus will be pointed out by the Chief Minister on Monday. Another 50 electric buses will arrive by the first or second week of February and every effort will be made to have 300 electric buses by April, Gahlot said. Delhi’s buses stand out as an example of a safe, accessible and convenient transport system in the country, he said.
“We have huge plans to increase Delhi’s transport this year, whether it’s bus, metro or bus infrastructure and depots. We are also making a huge transition to electric, of which the first bus is already in Delhi and ready to start operating on our routes,” Gahlot said.
The process of expanding paratransit systems to provide safe last-mile connectivity to every city dweller at all times of the day is also underway, he said.
The new buses are equipped with the latest features such as Bharat Stage VI emission standard compliance, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, foldable ramp for the disabled, panic buttons and CCTV cameras.
They also include seamless passenger boarding and disembarking, live video streaming in case of emergency, two-way communication with the transportation department control room, and GPS for live tracking.
The buses are deployed on nine additional routes in Delhi.
Some of these routes are Chhawla School at New Delhi Railway Station Gate 2, Najafgarh Terminal at IGI Airport T2, Kamruddin Nagar Terminal at Sarai Kale Khan, Tikri Border at Old Delhi Railway Station (Fatehpuri) and Saraswati Vihar Water Tank at Nehru Place Terminal.
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