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Delhi govt to purchase 1,000 new buses; needs 3,700 more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the Delhi government begins the process of purchasing 1,000 new buses that are expected to hit city roads in the next 9-10 months, it still faces a shortage of nearly 3,700 more to cover all city routes. According to official figures, there is a need for around 11,000 buses to cover all the areas in the city, which has a total of 865 routes. “Delhi needs 11,000 buses for all its areas to be covered. We have initiated the process to acquire 1,000 more. It will take around 9-10 months for them to land on city roads,” Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said. The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has a fleet of 3,944 buses. The Delhi Integrated Multimodal Transit System (DIMTS) also runs 1,634 buses under the cluster scheme. The combined strength of around 5,600 buses manages to cover nearly 75 per cent of the identified routes in the city. Further, a total of 799 mini stage carriage buses ply on 124 routes, as per the Transport department statistics. The State Transport Authority has identified 657 routes, while the DTC has earmarked 208 more for bus operations. The cluster buses run on 124 of these routes and the DTC operates on 465. The total number of buses including those run by the DTC, cluster ones and mini stage carriers comes to about 6,300. The proposed purchase of 1,000 bues will take the number to 7,300 leaving the fleet short of 3,700 buses to reach the required 11,000 figure. The government has identified a total of 865 routes for operation of buses and the Transport Department has been able to ply buses on 714 of these routes, with many stretches having fewer than required number of buses serving them, officials said. Last-mile connectivity is another area the government is focusing on, the Transport minister informed in the recently held session of the Delhi Assembly. The department seeks to link the routes of RTVs, e- rickshaws and Gramin Sewa vehicles in future to boost last- mile connectivity, he had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt launches fresh bid to increase buses in Capital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A year after the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government ran into trouble over the app-based ‘Premium Bus Services’ scheme, the Delhi government’s transport department is now preparing a fresh proposal to integrate private buses with the existing public transport including the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and the Delhi Metro.The department is in the process of formulating a draft for the policy to be put up to Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot. The move has come in a bid to boost public transport, in particular last mile connectivity, given the thin DTC bus fleet in the Capital.Once the draft is finalised, it will be sent to the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for approval.In June, last year, the bus scheme proposed by the former transport minister Gopal Rai was rejected by the then LG Najeeb Jung allegedly for “favouring one company.” The scheme could not be rolled out after which Rai submitted his resignation.The government is still to procure 1,000 new DTC buses as well as cluster (Orange) buses, which are run by the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS), which it had promised in 2015.According to officials, once the policy is approved, private app-based aggregators will be allowed to engage buses through web-based applications to ply in the city.”We are drafting a fresh proposal to allow app-based companies to ply their buses to provide last mile connectivity. The buses can ply from one metro station to another and surrounding localities. It is crucial at present, given the fact there is a lack of availability of buses in Delhi-NCR,” said a senior government officer.App-based aggregators such as Shuttl and Red Bus which ply in the NCR were considered for the scheme by the former transport minister. Under the new policy, these companies will have to get a license from the department. While at present, some of these buses plying across the city without valid permits.Making legalUnder the new policy, app-based aggregators such as Shuttl and Red Bus will have to get a license from the department. While at present, some of these buses plying across the city without valid permits, have been impounded by the department’s enforcement teams.

80-member team to rein in drivers not halting at bus stops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The drivers of low-floor Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and cluster buses will now be booked for not halting at designated stops. Numerous commuters had complained that instead of the bus shelters, these drivers halted in the middle of the road or a few metres away, making them run to catch the bus. Prompted by these complaints, the Delhi government’s Transport Department is all set to start a drive against them on Thursday.The department has formed an 80-member team of enforcement officials to crack down on bus drivers in the fortnight-long drive. The officials in plain clothes will be deployed at major bus stops, including AIIMS, Safdarjung, Dhaula Kuan, INA, Peeragarhi, ITO, Mukarba Chowk, Lakshmi Nagar, and Akshardham.The national Capital has over 5,000 bus queue shelters, of which around 2,000 will have the presence of these enforcement officials.”In the first two days, the errant drivers will only be given a warning. If they continue to indulge in the practice, they will be challaned. In case of repeated challans, a driver may lose his commercial license,” Special Commissioner (Transport) K K Dahiya said.The challans will be issued under Sections 122/177 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.Not halting the bus at the designated spot leads to chaos and congestion on roads and holding up of traffic, besides posing a challenge to the elderly, women, and specially-abled people, Dahiya said.The department has also shot letters to the DTC and the Delhi Integrated Multi-modal Transit System (DIMTS), which runs cluster buses, to rein in the drivers violating the norms. Many complaints regarding speeding, rash-driving, and not stopping at zebra crossings have also reached the authorities.At present, the DTC has a fleet of 5,600 buses, of which only 4,200 are plying. The rest are defunct. According to a recent survey, Delhi needs at least 11,000 buses on a daily basis.In 2015, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had promised to add 10,000 buses to the DTC fleet and 736 to the cluster fleet. While no new DTC buses were procured, only 215 cluster buses were finally added.NO NEW DTC BUSESThe national Capital has over 5,000 bus queue shelters, of which around 2,000 will have the presence of these enforcement officials.
In 2015, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had promised to add 10,000 buses to the DTC fleet and 736 to the cluster fleet. While no new DTC buses were procured, only 215 cluster buses were finally added.
Not halting the bus at the designated spot leads to chaos and congestion on roads and holding up of traffic, besides posing a challenge to the elderly people, said special commissioner

Transport minister conducts surprise check at Burari office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The new Transport minister in Delhi government Kailash Gehlot today conducted a surprise inspection of the Burari office of the department. The minister visited the vehicle inspection and auto rickshaw units situated at Transport department office at Burari and took stock of its working besides inspecting basic amenities available at the office. He directed that CCTV cameras should be installed at both units for monitoring purposes. He said the Delhi Integrated Multi-modal Transit System (DIMTS) should ensure that the GPS fitted with vehicles were activated from the date of activation upto one year till date of expiry. The minister also issued directions for an efficient person at the help desk of the auto rickshaw unit and separate toilets for men and women there. He instructed the Motor Licensing Officer (MLO) to apply for a new water connection in view of shortage of water at the auto rickshaw unit. He also asked for cleaning of the main road approaching the office. In view of the poor condition of the building, he directed for approaching the government agencies for extensive repairs in a time-bound manner.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt to float Cabinet note for 2,000 new buses on city routes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what may be a final push to the long-pending procurement of 2,000 new buses, the Delhi government’s transport department is all set to float a fresh Cabinet note in this regard.The note will look to procure 1,000 low-floor Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses and 1,000 semi-floor cluster (Orange) buses. The cluster buses are procured by the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS).Tenders for the long-pending 1,000 DTC buses have been floated several times over the past two years. However, there has been no outcome each time.The procurement of buses will also mean a revival of the DTC, which has not had a single new bus to its fleet since 2010.”We intend to complete all formalities within two-three weeks to float the fresh Cabinet draft. The DTC should procure the buses at the earliest, once the note is approved,” Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot told DNA.”There have been a few bottlenecks earlier in the procurement because of issues between the buyers and the sellers. However, we are resolving the issues at present. Our focus is on reviving the DTC services,” he added.According to a recent survey, Delhi needs at least 11,000 buses plying on a daily basis. However, the DTC at present has a fleet of around 5,600 buses, of which only 4,200 are plying, as the remaining have turned defunct.The AAP government in 2015 had promised to add 10,000 buses to the DTC fleet and 736 cluster buses. However, while no new DTC buses have been procured, only 215 cluster buses were added.

Delhi govt starts process to procure 2,000 new buses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Transport Department has started the process of procuring 2,000 new buses with the first lot expected to hit the roads by early next year. The government will buy 1,000 buses each for the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and the cluster scheme of the Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System (DMITS). “Right now the thinking is to go for 1,000 buses each for the DTC and the cluster scheme, considering the factors of available depot space and the speed with which the manufacturers can deliver the buses. “The first batch of the buses is expected to arrive early next year,” said a senior government official. The process of floating a tender is expected to be started in next few months, said the officer. At present, around 5,200 buses, including 4,000 DTC and 2,200 cluster scheme buses, are plying across the city, but there is a need of 16,000 more buses to deal with the growing passenger traffic. The process of procuring new buses was stuck up for some times due to different reasons with the AAP government being attacked by the BJP and the Congress for not being able to buy even a single bus during its over two-year rule.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cluster bus drivers return to duty today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The drivers of cluster buses in the Capital, who have been on a strike for the last two days, are expected to return to duty on Thursday, following a meeting with the Delhi government’s Transport Department officials on Wednesday. The development will come as a relief to thousands of commuters who use the bus service every day.The drivers and conductors of the orange buses, run by the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS), had gone on a strike to demand salaries as per the city government’s new rates of minimum wages. The Audyogik Kamgar Vikas Union, which has over 18,000 drivers and conductors attached to it, had started the indefinite strike on Monday. The union members met the Transport Department’s Secretary-cum-Commissioner to discuss the matter on Wednesday.”It was decided in the meeting that the private concessionaires will pay salaries to the drivers as per the new rates with immediate effect. The drivers will also be paid their pending arrears,” a DIMTS official said. He added that as soon as this decision was taken, nearly 700 buses returned to the city roads on Wednesday itself. He also claimed that the entire dispute was between the drivers and the private concessionaires.”There are eight private concessionaires, who had a dispute regarding the new rates with the drivers. It was resolved in the meeting,” the official said.The new minimum wages rules were implemented this March, under which an unskilled labourer must be paid a monthly minimum wage of Rs 13,350. For semi-skilled and skilled workers, the minimum wages have been set at Rs 14,698 and Rs 16,182 per month, respectively.

Passengers face hardship as drivers of cluster buses continue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Passengers had a harrowing time as they stepped out for their destination and could not find buses with the strike of drivers and conductors of cluster buses entering its fourth third day. On several routes, there was a shortage of cluster buses, operated by Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS). Office goers had a tough time reaching their workplace. The Audyogik Kamgar Vikas Union has been protesting the non- payment of salaries as per the new rates of minimum wages. According to the union, hundreds of drivers and conductors will stage a protest outside the Lt Governor’s office tomorrow as the Delhi government was “not paying heed” to their demands. “We will continue our strike until our demands are met. The government is not serious about our issues. Tomorrow, drivers and conductors of cluster buses will stage a protest outside the LG’s office,” union’s president Pramod Tomar said. Although there are around 2,200 cluster buses (orange), the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) runs around 4,000 buses across the city. As per the new minimum wages implemented in March, an unskilled worker is to be given a minimum Rs 13,350 per month. For semi-skilled and skilled persons, the minimum wages are Rs 14,698 and Rs 16,182 per month, respectively.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi govt to study routes of mini buses, Gramin Sewa vehicles

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Transport Department of Delhi government has decided to conduct a study on the routes of mini buses and Gramin Sewa vehicles plying across the city, a move intended to ensure last-mile connectivity in the capital. The department has asked Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) to initiate the study and submit its report at the earliest. A senior government official said that there are around 800 mini buses and 5,000 Gramin Sewa, an eight-seater vehicle, registered in Delhi. “The move aims to provide the last-mile connectivity to the people of Delhi. As per the decision, DIMTS will identify those routes which lack sufficient numbers of buses,” the official said. According to the department, once study is completed, it will be ensured that mini buses and Gramin Sewa vehicles cover all areas that lack good bus connectivity. STA bus operators are likely to benefit due to the decision as they complain that they do not get many passengers since e-rickshaws have started plying on the city’s roads.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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