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delhi Updated: Jul 03, 2009 01:06 IST
Atul Mathur
Atul Mathur
Hindustan Times
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Travelling between Noida and Delhi and from Dwarka to different parts of the Capital is all set to become smoother and easier.

The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has decided to put more buses on routes where number of buses is less but passenger traffic has increased.

According to senior DTC officials, new low-floor buses are expected to be added to the DTC’s fleet from the end of July this year.

In next nine months, DTC will get 2500 low-floor, which includes 1000 air-conditioned and 1500 non air-conditioned buses, from two bus manufacturers — Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland.

DTC officials said they had already started arranging bus depots to park those buses. “Since we will get these buses in phased manner, we have so far arranged five depots. The first batch of buses will be sent to our depot in Noida. This will help in improving our bus service from Noida to important destinations in Delhi,” said a senior DTC official not authorised to speak to the media.

Officials said Noida would get about 200 buses, which will also include a sizeable number of AC buses.

Despite being a sub-city with over seven lakh of people already moved in, Dwarka is one of the worst areas in terms of a public transport system.

DTC officials said improving the public transport system in Dwarka was one of their top priorities.
With two bus depots ready in Dwarka, one in sector 2 and the other in sector 8, and a bus terminal in sector 10 also ready for operation, DTC officials said Dwarka would also get a sizeable number of buses.

“Dwarka’s two depots would get over 250 buses. These buses will not only connect Dwarka with rest of Delhi but would also help in solving commuting problem within the sub-city,” the official said.

DTC will improve its bus service along the Bus Rapid Transit corridor.

Officials said the remaining 8.7-kilometre stretch of BRT would be made operational by August this year.

To strengthen public transport on the entire 14.5 kilometre BRT stretch, more of low-floor buses would be added on the route between Ambedkar Nagar and Delhi Gate.