One month after it launched Manesar-Karol Bagh bus service with much fanfare, the traffic department is planning to shelve the project. According to the officials of the department, the bus service is not financially viable.
As an alternative, the department is planning to bifurcate the 54-km route. Now, there will no direct buses from Manesar to Karol Bagh. So commuters who want to go to Karol Bagh from Manesar will have to get down at Udyog Vihar and take another bus to Karol Bagh.
The transport authorities say the reasons for are not economical alone. The route is very long and two toll plazas fall on the way. Traffic jams along the route affect the frequency of the service, said an official.
"There are huge snarls on Kherki Daula and Delhi border toll plazas. It takes two hours for a commuter to reach Karol Bagh from Manesar. If the route is divided, the frequency of buses will improve and commuters will get some respite too. Besides, this will help the department earn more revenue," said a senior transport official.
"Besides, the poor response of commuters has forced us to have second thoughts on the service. People board the buses from Manesar in large numbers, but after Gurgaon nearly 60% seats are vacant. As a result, we are incurring financial losses," said the official.
After the route is divided, commuters from Manesar will get better connectivity from Gurgaon bus stand and Iffco Chowk if they want to go Delhi. They can board the Metro train, DTC or other buses from Gurgaon.