Now, a ‘limited stop’ bus to work
You can soon expect a comfortable ride on a Delhi Transport Corporation bus to your workplace and back.delhi Updated: Jan 27, 2010 00:01 IST
You can soon expect a comfortable ride on a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus to your workplace and back.
The DTC is planning to run ‘limited stops’ buses on the lines of chartered buses on various routes for office goers.
Senior DTC officials said they are identifying routes for the pilot project.
“The headquarters has already prepared a list of 23 potential routes across the city where the service can be started. We have now asked our bus depot managers to put forth their suggestions,” DTC chairman-cum-managing director Naresh Kumar said.
The service, said officials, is aimed at providing a comfortable public transport to people who otherwise travel by their own vehicles to work. The chartered buses would have limited bus stops and the fare would be slightly higher than normal.
Officials said DTC used to run ‘limited stops’ service on selected routes till a couple of years ago, but later discontinued it because of shortage of buses.
According to senior DTC officials, the routes have been identified keeping in mind areas where there is larger concentration of government servants, who travel in a particular direction daily.
Among areas which may get the chartered bus service are Dilshad Garden, Mayur Vihar, Yamuna Vihar and IP Extension in east Delhi.
Janakpuri, Hari Nagar, Paschim Vihar and Vikaspuri in west Delhi, Shalimar Bagh, Pitampura, Rohini and Model Town in north Delhi and R.K.Puram, Vasant Kunj, and Sarita Vihar in south Delhi are colonies that may get the chartered bus service.
DTC officials said DTC-run chartered buses would connect these residential colonies with office hubs like Central Secretariat, Parliament Street, ITO, Bhikaji Cama Place, Nehru Place, Okhla.
Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said they are also exploring the possibility of offering value-added services, like providing newspapers, water and soft drinks on board.
“We will first start these facilities on our airport special buses, from Kashmere Gate ISBT and Anand Vihar ISBT. If the concept is accepted, we will extend it on chartered buses as well,” Lovely said.