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600 new buses on the way

india Updated: Jun 09, 2011 01:24 IST
Sunil Thapliyal

As part of measures to improve public transport, the Gurgaon Roadways will add 600 buses to its fleet of vehicles plying on various routes in the city.

According to the transport department, 400 new buses will be introduced under the PPP (public private partnership) model. Besides, six ultra-modern bus stops will also be constructed. The new bus stops will have shopping complexes in them. The transport department is in talks with the Huda (Haryana Urban Development Authority for the same.

“We are in constant touch with the agencies concerned to address this issue. There will be around 400 buses and six new ultra-modern bus stands. These modern bus stands will cover the area of 300 to 1200 acre,” said Yashender Singh, general manager, Gurgaon Transport Department.

He said the new buses would provide direct connectivity to Faridabad, Manesar, and New Delhi from Gurgaon.

The planning for an overhaul of the city bus service has been going on for a long time. Though, Delhi Metro has extended its reach to Gurgaon, people are yet to make its optimum use as there are no feeder buses or a transportation system to connect metro stations with the rest of the city, he said.

“Having more buses in our fleet will help reduce the transportation woes. We have already started bus service in several routes and will add more after feedback from different agencies. We are also in touch with RWAs and seeking their suggestion for planning bus routes,” he added.

Gurgaon Roadways was supposed to start low-floor buses before the Commonwealth Games, and 600 buses were slated to ply on 32 routes. But the vehicles are yet to come.