Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said a safe and efficient public transport system is the backbone of any urban economy. He, however, did not mention how Delhi government failed to purchase a single bus to boost public transport last year.
In the last budget, the government had promised to procure 1,380 semi-low floor buses, 500 mini buses for DTC and another 1,000 buses under the cluster scheme.
Though that plan was shelved, the government has now proposed to procure 3,000 buses — 1,000 under cluster scheme, 1,000 non-ac under DTC and 1,000 premium buses under public private partnership. “The government is committed to provide a robust, sustainable, safe, accessible, integrated, multi-modal public transport system,” said Sisodia.
DTC has 4,461 buses which include 3,781 low-floor buses and 680 standard floor buses. About 1,490 cluster buses are operational. “Our government will also introduce 1,000 buses in the premium category through a purely market- driven model to encourage the financially well-off to use public transport. To accommodate these new buses, bus depots will be developed at Rewla Khanpur, Dichaun Kalan, Karkari Nahar, Bawana Sector-1 and Dwarka Sector-22. `325 crore for purchase of buses and development of bus terminals has been proposed,” he added.
The government also plans to renovate bus terminals at Sarai Kale Khan and Anand Vihar with world-class passenger amenities and a new ISBT at Dwarka is also proposed. About 1,397 new Bus Queue Shelters are proposed to be constructed under PPP mode but the government had made the same promise in the last budget.
The government has also increased the one-time fixed subsidy for e-rickshaw from existing `15,000 to `30,000. Electric vehicles have been exempted from road tax.