Delhi Transport Corporation’s (DTC) fleet of low floor buses is all set to swell.
In the next six months, the DTC is expected to add 2,500 new buses to its existing fleet of 650 low-floor buses. This will include about 900 air-conditioned low-floor buses.
According to senior DTC officials, the new set of buses will help improve Delhi’s public transport system.
Officials said low-floor buses have drawn tremendous response from the residents of Delhi.
With more low-floor modern buses running on the city roads, officials feel the DTC will be able to win back the trust of the people.
According to senior DTC officials, the new low-floor buses will start adding to the DTC fleet from April 2009.
With 875 buses, which include 350 AC coaches, Ashok Leyland is also making an entry in the market. Tata Motors will supply bigger share of 1,625 buses to the corporation.
DTC officials said they have already hired over 3,600 drivers. This will ensure that new buses will start running as soon as they are inducted in the fleet. However, these drivers will be given special training on low-floor buses before they are given new buses to drive.
“As bus manufacturers, we will provide this training to DTC drivers at our Drivers’ Training Institute at Burari. We will soon have a low-floor CNG bus at the institute. A special Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor is also being prepared at the centre to train these drivers,” a spokesperson of Ashok Leyland said.