The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) will start an AC bus service from the Kaushambi bus depot in Ghaziabad to Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi by March-end. These buses will also ferry passengers from the airport to popular tourist destinations in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
A UPSRTC official said the service will provide city residents an easy option to commute to the airport.
“Response to the Ghaziabad-Gurgaon bus service has been good, as it makes lives easier for those working in Gurgaon. The direct bus service to the airport will provide more relief to residents,” PK Bose, UPSRTC regional manager at Ghaziabad, said.
He said the corporation decided against using low-floor buses for the service since it was not feasible. The proposal has been accepted by the headquarters and will be implemented by the end of March.
“The only issue is the availability of parking space at the airport, which is handled by a private agency. The agency said they will charge `2,000 per trip, which is expensive and will burden the passengers. We are in talks with officials of the Delhi International Airport Limited and will start the service once the charges are finalised,” Bose said.
These buses will also ferry passengers from the airport to popular tourist destinations --- Rishikesh, Dehradun, Lucknow, Varanasi and Sarnath.
“We conducted a survey at the airport last September and found that a majority of passengers who land at the Delhi airport go to Kashmere Gate or Anand Vihar ISBT to board a bus to these destinations. This becomes hectic for them. They will be able to board a bus to their destination from the airport itself once this service is started,” Bose said.
According to a survey conducted by the UPSRTC , 63% of the total passengers who land in Delhi travel to other destinations. Officials said around 32% of them go to Punjab while 29% travel to Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Of the passengers who have to go towards UP and Uttarakhand, 72% board a bus at Kashmere Gate, Anand Vihar or Sarai Kale Khan ISBT.
“Our survey found that more than 70% of the passengers who travel to UP and Uttarakhand would prefer a direct bus from the airport to their destination,” Bose said.
The routes for the bus service are also planned on the basis of the survey. Officials said two buses will be deployed on each route.