Residents of east Delhi can now expect a strengthened and reliable public transport system.
To improve local transport in this part of the Capital, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) on Friday launched an exclusive Mudrika service.
Covering a major part of the trans-Yamuna area, the ‘Yamuna Mudrika’ bus service will also connect Delhi’s two busiest inter-state bus terminals at Kashmere Gate and Anand Vihar.
Starting with 16 new low-floor, non-AC buses on this route, the Yamuna Mudrika will run on a 35-kilometre route and will cater to more than 30-lakh residents of east Delhi.
Inaugurating the service, Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said Yamuna Mudrika could be connected with smaller (mini) buses running in congested parts of east Delhi.
“Mini buses will serve as feeder buses for the Yamuna Mudrika service,” Lovely said. “We will soon get a feasibility study done to find areas where feeder buses are required.”
According to senior DTC officials, the Yamuna Mudrika will also help in providing affordable public transport on routes where buses were not available. “It will connect several residential colonies with two inter-state bus terminals,” an official said.
To originate from Kashmere Gate ISBT, the Yamuna Mudrika service will run in two directions — clockwise and anti-clockwise. It will link several important areas in northeast and east Delhi, such as Bhajanpura, Yamuna Vihar, Dilshad Garden, Anand Vihar ISBT, Lakshmi Nagar, and Gandhi Nagar before terminating at Kashmere Gate.
“Buses will run at 15-minute intervals in the morning and evening peak hours, and at 30-minute intervals during non-peak hours. We will add more buses, including air-conditioned ones, to this route,” DTC chairman RK Verma said.
Lovely also flagged off 40 new low floor buses on Friday. This is the first batch of non-AC low-floor buses from Ashok Leyland included in DTC’s fleet.
The company was to supply 875 low-floor buses to DTC, including 350 air-conditioned ones. “We hope to get the supply by March 2010,” an official said.