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DTC to rationalise bus routes, seeks commuters' input

If you have been thinking that your area does not have a DTC bus or there are plenty of buses on a particular route where passengers are few, you have a chance to share your suggestions with Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).

delhi Updated: Apr 12, 2011 01:06 IST
Atul Mathur

If you have been thinking that your area does not have a DTC bus or there are plenty of buses on a particular route where passengers are few, you have a chance to share your suggestions with Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).

For rationalising bus routes in the Capital, the DTC has asked people's suggestions to increase reach of DTC buses. According to senior DTC officials, a questionnaire has been posted on the website of DTC as well as the transport department, which bus commuters can fill and post their feedback.

In the past two years, the total number of buses in DTC's fleet has gone up from about 2,800 to 6,500. The DTC's ridership too has witnessed a sharp increase from about 18 lakh to 32 lakh in less than two years.

However, DTC is still flooded with a number of complaints from commuters about poor frequency of buses on some routes and abundance of buses on some other routes.

"We are trying to rationalise our routes. The task has been given to DIMTS which is studying the origin and destination pattern of people across the Capital and trying to work out new routes accordingly," said a senior DTC official.

According to officials, the public response questionnaire would remain on the transport department and DTC's websites for 10 days. Officials said they are likely to get the route rationalising report in next two months.

"Though there are 657 DTC routes, our buses currently ply on only about 350 routes. With expansion of the city several new residential areas have also come up where we have either deputed or need to depute buses. All these issues would be addressed as soon as we have the report," an official said.

The officials said new DTC routes are being chalked out keep Delhi Metro's expansion plans in mind. According to a senior DTC official, almost all new DTC routes would touch at least two to three Metro stations on their routes.