One month on, metro feeder bus fleet still off road
More than a month since the Delhi Metro cancelled the contract of private bus operator running its feeder buses, only a few buses have so far made it back on roads, reports Atul Mathur.delhi Updated: Apr 16, 2010 00:34 IST
They now have a huge fleet of buses, lying almost unutilised.
More than a month since the Delhi Metro cancelled the contract of private bus operator running its feeder buses, only a few buses have so far made it back on roads.
Delhi Metro’s recent acquisition, 150 air-conditioned buses, is also waiting for a bus operator to be pressed into service.
While Metro’s operational network has expanded to 110-kilometres across the city, its feeder buses have failed to live up to the expectations.
More than 50,000 passengers travelled by feeder buses every day in 2009.
The Delhi Metro is yet to find an experienced and reliable bus operator to run feeder buses.
Delhi Metro has 120 non-AC buses in its fleet. Of 300 AC buses that it had placed an order for, DMRC has already received 150 buses.
Senior DMRC officials said the remaining 150 buses would also be delivered soon.
While DMRC is yet to open tender for AC buses, it could only find a couple of small tour operators to ply non-AC buses.
Of 120 buses, only 20 are plying on three different feeder routes, providing service to only a handful of passengers. Interestingly, the DMRC had approached the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) to operate these buses. But with the DTC refusing to take the responsibility, the DMRC is now looking for multiple operators to run feeder buses on different routes.
“Only today, we have managed to restore feeder buses on some routes. We are now planning to give more buses to thee operators to run them on different routes,” a DMRC official said.
DMRC officials accept that the AC buses would also be on the road within a few days.
“We have already called tenders from qualified bus operators to ply our AC buses. We hope to finalise the contract in first or second week of May,” an official said.