DMRC wants state transport authority to take over Metro feeder service
While feeder buses are being granted permission for routes up to 23 kms, Metro officials said people are using our feeder bus service more as a short-distance transport system.delhi Updated: Jul 05, 2017 00:03 IST
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has mooted a proposal of giving up operations of its feeder bus service.
In a meeting with lieutenant governor Anil Baijal in June, the DMRC urged that its feeder buses that run to and from Metro stations be taken over by the State Transport Authority (STA) and the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS).
According to the DMRC, the main reason behind its demand is the fact that 70% of the bus riders are not Metro commuters.
While feeder buses are being granted permission for routes up to 23 kms, Metro officials said people are using our feeder bus service more as a short-distance transport system.
“It is not just that only 30% of the total passengers are Metro commuters. We are demanding this also because running road-based transport is the core competence of STA. It is the STA which governs operation of feeder bus services,” a Metro spokesperson said.
Besides, fares of feeder buses, which is controlled by the STA, has not been revised since 2009. At present, the DMRC charges Rs5 for 4kms, Rs10 for travelling from 4kms to 10 kms, and Rs15 for more than 10kms.
“These buses are being run by private operators for the DMRC and they are complaining that there’s hardly any profit. The STA has imposed a fee of Rs2,400 per bus per month since 2009. This is making the bus operation unviable,” the official added.
Another problem the corporation is facing is that of an ageing fleet. Out of the 291 operational buses, 117 have to be taken off roads in the coming months as they have lived their shelf life.
“Even the block permission has been withdrawn by the STA because of which we have no flexibility to replace these buses. Therefore, availability of buses on a route is an issue,” Metro officials said.
It has also suggested rationalisation of three-wheelers, e-rickshaws and Gramin Seva around the stations as at present they are being run by unorganized sector which is making it difficult for people to access feeder buses at stations.
The transport department, however, said it has not decided on the issue yet.