In three months from now, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will know the exact number of routes it requires to run its buses and the frequency it needs to maintain.
Transport department officials said they have prepared the draft report of ‘Rationalisation of bus routes in Delhi’ and sent it to DTC for comments and suggestions.
Prepared by Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS), the report has suggested scrapping of 200 existing routes, modification in 150 routes and starting of 23 new routes in Delhi. The DIMTS studied 657 bus routes in detail and came up with its suggestions based on extensive surveys conducted among bus users.
To ensure a convenient bus service for the residents of Delhi, DIMTS has suggested deployment of 10,007 buses on 483 routes.
Of these 483 routes, the DIMTS has recommended buses every 5 minutes on 135 routes, 10 minutes frequency on 113 routes and 15 minutes frequency on 232 routes to benefit commuters.
“We have also chalked out these routes keeping the existing Metro lines and Metro’s expansion plans in phase 3 in mind. Almost all these would touch 2-3 Metro stations,” a transport department official said.
While the department is likely to finalise the report in three months, officials said it will take another 3 months to implement it.
Officials said out of 657 planned routes, the DTC runs buses only on 376 routes. There is very high overlapping on majority of bus routes, resulting in many buses on some routes while almost no bus on other routes.
The DIMTS took the origin and destination survey report of 2007 as the base report.