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Intra-city transport to get boost

india Updated: Feb 24, 2012 01:18 IST
Sunil Thapliyal

Soon, commuters can expect more efficient facilities for travelling within the Millennium City as the authority is planning an overhaul in the public transport system.

To begin with, a batch of five semi low-floor buses will join the fleet of state-run buses on Friday, the spokesman said, adding that these buses will ply on 10 routes at an average interval of 10 minutes.

The transport department will also procure 60 semi low-floor buses, including some air-conditioned buses, which will ply on different routes in the city.

The department has already got the approval of recruiting additional man power to ensure smooth functioning of the public transport in Gurgaon as well as in the neighbouring districts.

Some new posts sanctioned by the government include the general manager, works manager, traffic manager and other supervisory staff, a spokesman said.

At present, of the total 190 buses of the Haryana Roadways, only 12 are used to ferry around 5 lakh people travelling within Gurgaon daily.

The frequency of these buses is 30-35 minutes. Besides, the existing state-run buses cover only limited areas such as MG Road, Mega Mall, sectors 56, 57, 43, 46, Subhash Chowk and Rajiv Chowk.

Due to lack of basic intra-city transport facilities, most of the commuters are forced to take lifts in unknown vehicles, risking their lives.

“The new bus service will surely provide a comfortable and safe journey to passengers. Having more buses will help reduce transportation woes of commuters,” said Yashender Singh, GM, Gurgaon Transport Department.

Singh said the department will add more semi low-floor buses after getting feedback from different agencies. “We are also in touch with RWAs and seeking their suggestion for planning bus routes,” he added.