Delhi odd pair: 2,000 private buses for peak hours

NEW DELHI: Private bus operators agreed to provide 2,000 buses to the state government during the odd and even road rationing scheme. These will fold during Rush hours on several routes from November 4 to 15 in the capital.

According to government officials, operators agreed to provide their buses to the Delhi Transportation Corporation between 8.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. in the morning and 3.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. pm. The decision was made at a meeting attended by transportation minister Kailash Gahlot and officials from the Department of Transportation and DTC on Thursday night.

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The addition of private buses that run on CNG during the morning and afternoon hours will help increase public transportation and meet peak office hours when the plan is in place.

The decision to include 2,000 transport buses contracted with CNG in the DTC fleet during the restricted period was taken at a meeting of transport and DTC officials earlier this month. While DTC began registering buses on October 20, only a few operators showed up sounding alarms at the government camp. Sources said DTC had received requests to include only 120 buses in its fleet.

During the first edition of the odd even plan in January 2016, around 2,900 private buses They were deployed on the streets of the city under Paryavaran Sewa. At that time, the schools were closed, therefore, there were a lot of buses available. During the second edition of the plan in April of that year, only 500 buses were available as school buses could not be installed in Paryavaran Sewa.

The secretary general of the Delhi Contract Bus Association, Harish Sabharwal, confirmed that the operators agreed to provide buses to the government during office hours. The government initially asked us to provide buses throughout the day, but we told them it was not feasible since a large number of these vehicles are involved with several schools and other institutions, Sabharwal said. “We agreed to give our buses between 8.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. and again between 3.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. ”

Sabharwal said members of the association will have separate meetings with operators in different parts of the city on Friday to make sure there are enough buses registered before November 2.

A DTC official said the government was hoping to get 2,000 buses for the scheme. We have been trying our best to bring private players and there is still time, he added.

The official explained that for inducting these private buses for public transport, they would be issued special permits to operate as state carriage. The government will pay the operators between Rs 32.5 and Rs 49.4 per kilometre per bus depending on its size.

Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Minister Kailash Gahlot are likely to meet Friday with EPCA chief Bhure Lal and other experts to decide if the government can also stagger office hours to reduce rush during office hours. office in the city's public transport system.

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