Thanks to Delhi Metro, commuters would be able to travel in air-conditioned feeder buses this summer.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has introduced an AC bus on one of its feeder routes which, if successful, would be
replicated across the city. This means commuter would enjoy AC comfort not only in the Metro but also while using the connecting feeder bus services.
DMRC has converted one of the bus services on route ML-05 between Shastri Park Metro Station and Mayur Vihar Phase-I into an AC bus on an experimental basis.
The route touches areas like Geeta Colony Road, Akshardham Temple, Noida Link Road, Chilla Sauda Bangar and Dharamshila Cancer Hospital.
The trial run of the CNG run AC bus was started from March 12. "Once the trial is successful, we would float a tender for an operator to come up with such AC buses," said DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal.
Commuters would have to shell out Rs 10 up to 8 kilometres and Rs 15 beyond that for travelling that distance. The normal fare is Rs 5 up to 8 kilometres and Rs 8 beyond that in existing non-AC feeder buses.
Built at a cost of around Rs 12 lakh, which includes Rs 2 lakh spent on converting it into an AC vehicle, the new buses would carry up to 25 commuters. Temperature inside the bus would be maintained at 27 degree Celsius and will cut off automatically if it reaches 22 degree Celsius.
M/s Sidwal, a Delhi based firm, has converted the bus into an AC one by placing a 210 cc compressor. Though there are no major changes in the design of the bus, some cosmetic changes have been made.