The initial lot of 50-odd corporate-run buses of cluster 1, which are likely to hit the roads on January 15, will run on Delhi's BRT corridor.
Source in the transport department said it has identified a few routes that cut through the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor — 5.8-km stretch between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand Hospital — where the frequency of buses will be increased by adding corporate-run buses.
With 32 routes, cluster 1 will have 231 corporate-run buses. "It is the government’s commitment to provide best possible public transport system along the BRT corridor. The first lot of buses will be deployed on routes 419 (Ambedkar Nagar - Old Delhi railway Station), 423 (Deoli village - Mori Gate), 521 (Ambedkar Nagar - Rajendra Nagar) and 522 (Ambedkar Nagar - Arya Samaj Road)," said a senior transport department officials requesting anonymity.
Transport department has divided Delhi’s 657 bus routes into 17 clusters. Private companies are being given contract to run buses in these clusters. More than 4,400 buses will ply in these 17 clusters.
On Monday, the Delhi government unveiled the buses that will run in cluster 1 — the air-conditioned buses are purple in colour while non-AC buses are orange. Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh said the same colour code will be maintained in all other clusters.
Startbus, the company that will run buses win cluster 1, will introduce 50 buses in January and 100 buses each in February and March, Singh said.
“These buses will have some additional features like public announcement system, and a temperature and date display board, gas leakage detection alarming system, emergency exists and escape hatch, and the conductors would be equipped with electronic ticketing machines,” the minister said.
According to Ajay Singh, managing director of Starbus, the name of the upcoming bus stops will not only be displayed open a small display board inside the bus, an announcement will also be made in the bus. A similar system exists in Delhi metro trains.
“Bus drivers will also be able to interact with the passenger, if need be, through the public announcement system,” Ajay Singh said.
Meanwhile, the transport department would handover space at DTC's millennium Park bus depot to Starbus on Tuesday to set up bus depot for cluster 1. The Company will set up its depot and facility centre for its fleet in the next few days.