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DTC officers take the bus to work

Setting an example for others, however, almost 200 officials of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) travelled in DTC buses to and from their workplace on Monday.

delhi Updated: Feb 08, 2010 23:55 IST
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They preached the benefits of public transport but always drove in cars.

Setting an example for others, however, almost 200 officials of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) travelled in DTC buses to and from their workplace on Monday.

Almost 100 drivers, who would normally drive official cars, drove DTC buses, leading to an additional 100 buses plying on city roads on Monday. The buses helped the DTC earn Rs 1.5 lakh additional revenue, a senior DTC official said.

The DTC hires several cars for its officers every day. On Monday, the corporation had to hire 50 cars less from the private tour operators — a saving of more than Rs 25,000.

“We pay at least Rs 500 per car to the taxi service. We saved that amount,” the official said.

The 200 officers, including the DTC's managing director, waited for the bus, travelled during peak hours with common passengers and walked to their office from the nearest bus stop.

“The idea was to get a first hand experience of the service,” a DTC spokesperson said. “Our officers tried to understand the problems ordinary commuters face — the frequency, the condition of the buses and whether the drivers and the conductors are courteous to passengers.”

The officers said the general feedback they got from the passengers was good.

“People want to travel by DTC. But there aren’t enough buses. We hope our service will be more reliable once we have all the 6,000 buses in our fleet," said an official requesting anonymity.