The much-awaited bus service for west Delhi residents, the West Delhi Mudrika, is likely to start from June 25.
Been in the pipeline for almost four months now, the bus facility — which will connect a number of residential colonies and commercial hubs — will be flagged off by chief minister Sheila Dikshit and west Delhi MP Mahabal Mishra.
Senior DTC officials said the service will initially start with 12 buses running clockwise and anti-clock wise each, with a 15-minute frequency on the 45km long route. The buses will take two-and-half hours to complete the round. The service will have both AC and non-AC buses.
Though there are several routes that connect west Delhi with different parts of the Capital, Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh said the government wanted to start a service that would connect all landmarks in that part of the city.
"We have worked out a circular route that will connect several sectors of Dwarka with the rest of Delhi. As many as 10 metro stations will be connected by this service," Singh said.
Senior DTC officials said they were getting several complaints from west Delhi about poor connectivity in some areas.
While Dwarka came up as a major residential area, it was still not properly connected to several west Delhi areas. Though there is a metro line, DTC officials agreed it was not enough to cater to a huge population.
DTC has started two Mudrika or circular routes in the past two years. While the Yamuna Mudrika — that connects several colonies in east and northeast Delhi with Kashmere gate ISBT — got a tremendous response, Dwarka circular service failed miserably.
"Dwarka Circular Sewa was limited to the subcity and thus, didn't get a good response. The West Delhi Mudrika service will also cut though several sectors of Dwarka," an official said.