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Soon, a Mudrika connecting East Delhi colonies

A Mudrika service just for East Delhi! Residents of this side of the city can rejoice because the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) is working on a project to provide them an exclusive Mudrika bus service.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2009 00:48 IST
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A Mudrika service just for East Delhi!

Residents of this side of the city can rejoice because the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) is working on a project to provide them an exclusive Mudrika bus service.

Delhi Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said the proposed Mudrika service would not only help strengthen public transport system in East Delhi, which houses almost one-third of Delhi’s population, but will also help in decongesting internal road of several East Delhi colonies.

The Mudrika service would originate from Anand Vihar Inter State Bus Terminal and would ply along National Highway 24, Marginal Bund Road, Wazirabad Road and Road No. 56 (along the Delhi-UP border) before terminating at Anand Vihar ISBT.

Officials said they are also trying to bring in Kashmere Gate ISBT in the loop.

“Once Mudrika service is in place, we will withdraw buses from routes that pass through congested residential colonies like Krishna Nagar, Jheel and Gandhi Nagar and replace them with smaller buses which would act as feeder buses to the Mudrika service,” Lovely said.

The transport minister said initially 10 buses would be a part of the Mudrika service to maintain a decent frequency schedule.

The number may later be increased depending on the popularity of the service.

“For feeder buses, the government is planning to work out a permit policy. We can have feeder buses similar to what Delhi Metro runs. These buses would take lesser space on road and help decongest over-crowded roads,” said Lovely.

The service, said the minister, would start as soon as the DTC has enough low floor buses in its fleet. The DTC has placed an order of 3,150 low floor buses, delivery of which is expected to start within a few days.

Once the supply of buses start, said the minister, their priority would be to improve bus service in Dwarka sub-city.

The DTC is also planning to start a shuttle bus service for the residents of Dwarka.