The city is witnessing a steady rise in the number of new buses being added to the Delhi Transport Corporation’s (DTC) fleet.
While that is good news, Delhi government officials have a different worry in mind.
A parking problem is expected in March 2010 when about 2,300 low-floor buses will be added to the DTC fleet.
“If all the buses come at once, there will be a paucity of parking space. Then you are also speaking of bus clusters (buses operated by private parties), apart from DTC buses. They also need parking space which has to be organised by the DTC,” said a transport department official, refusing to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
The situation was expected to get worse over the next couple of years.
“We plan to operate 10,000 DTC buses in Delhi. We have serious problem of parking space. DDA has not planned these things. Even at taxi stands, you find drivers hanging around in their underwear,” said Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta.
Mehta said earlier plans to cover drains and developing parking lots over them fell flat because of financial constraints.
Mehta, however, said the government was looking for immediate measures for tackling the situation.
The number of DTC depots have increased from three to 39 in the last one year and is expected to grow to 50 by the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
“The government is also utilising space available to it. For instance, DSIIDC will construct a twin-level parking inside the IP Power Plant complex which is shutting down. IP power plant has about 15 acres of space. IP Depot is just 6 acres. The DTC corporate headquarters will also move there,” said Mehta.