Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) changed the way people travel in public transport last year by introducing cherry-coloured modern air-conditioned buses.
It is now the turn of Delhi Metro.
Delhi Metro’s first set of 75 air-conditioned feeder buses will hit city roads in the next six months.
After that, 75 more buses will be added each month till the number reaches 300.
By the next summer, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will have a fleet of 300 AC buses ready to provide a comfortable ride to Metro commuters to and from Metro stations to various parts of the city.
Custom-made for DMRC by Swaraj Mazda, these feeder coaches will maintain a temperature of 27 ° Celsius within 10 minutes of switching on engine, even in extreme summer conditions.
Some of the features these AC feeder buses will have are pneumatic air suspension (as available in DTC’s low-floor buses) for greater comfort, wide doors, power steering and semi-low floor design (650 mm from the road level).
“Side-panelling in the interiors will give these buses the look of Metro coaches. Each bus will seat 26 people and the seating system would be along the wall of the buses. To make them safer against fire, fire-retardant plywood and
silicon-embedded vinyl is being used in these buses. Each bus will have two fire extinguishers besides a first-aid box,” DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal said.
Each bus will cost Delhi Metro Rs 19.08 lakh.
For passengers’ convenience, destination display boards will be installed at the front as well as the sides of the buses. The buses will also have a public address system and provision for ticket vending machines.
DMRC currently has a fleet of 120 non-AC buses running on 15 routes.