Cluster buses introduced in North, West Delhi
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Last Updated: Monday, November 14, 2011, 21:40
  
New Delhi: Public transport system in North and West Delhi areas is all set to improve as 50 semi low- floor buses were on Monday introduced under the ambitious cluster bus service to be operated by private parties under PPP model.

With induction of the 50 buses, the number of buses under the cluster service has gone up to 150. The first cluster service was launched in May for South Delhi areas.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely flagged off the buses at a function.

Although all buses inducted under the cluster buses previously were low-floor, the current lot comprises semi-low floor buses which are modified version of the standard floor buses.

All the semi low-floor orange coloured buses have an on board passenger information system similar to that of Delhi Metro, GPS and electronic display board. The buses will operate on cluster no three, five and four.

The new buses will operate between West Delhi and North East Delhi areas such as Punjabi Bagh Mangolpuri, Kamla Market, Wazirpur Depot Wazirpur, ISBT Kashmere Gate, Sukhbir Nagar, Rithala Village, Old Delhi Railway station, Rani Khera, Tikri Border and Azadpur Terminal.

The combined length of the routes to be covered by the new buses would be around 236 km.

In 2009, the Delhi government had divided nearly 650 bus routes across the city into 17 clusters each comprising profitable and non-profitable routes and decided to give each cluster to a private operator. Four corporate entities were already given contract to operate the services in five clusters.

PTI


First Published: Monday, November 14, 2011, 21:40


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