Delhi govt brings in corporates to run cluster bus service

After deciding to phase out `killer` blueline fleet, Delhi Government today opened the transport sector to corporate entities under the ambitious `cluster` scheme.

New Delhi: After deciding to phase out
`killer` blueline fleet, Delhi Government today opened the
transport sector to corporate entities under the ambitious
`cluster` scheme whereby private operators will run a fleet of
over 900 swanky buses on zone basis.

Modelled on the lines of transport service in London
and Paris, the buses which will be on roads in six months will
have GPS system and other facilities and were primarily being
launched to replace the blueline buses for which Government
has set December 14 deadline to shunt them out.

The Delhi Cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister
Sheila Dikshit, as part of first phase of the project decided
to give contract to two private entities which will run the
bus service in four separate areas allocated to them.

The 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.

Surprisingly, Government has revised some of its
earlier decision including having 60 per cent Delhi Transport
Corporation buses in each cluster against 40 per cent buses by
private entities.

"It has now been decided that in each cluster 60 per
cent buses will be run by private entities and 40 per cent
will be operated by the government-run DTC," officials said,
adding the government will also offer financial support to the
private entities for the new clusters.

"We have decided to award clusters two, three, four
and five to the successful bidders who will have to start
their service within next six months. The total number of
buses in these four clusters will be 682," Transport Minister
Arvinder Singh Lovely said.

Government had already awarded the first cluster to
Star Bus Services Pvt Ltd which is likely to start their
service with 232 buses later this month along the BRT corridor
in South Delhi.

"Within next six months, we will have a total of 914
buses in these five clusters including the cluster given to
Star Bus Pvt Ltd. We will start the tender process for
remaining clusters soon," Lovely said.

Officials said cluster 2 has been awarded to
Indraprastha Logistics Ltd which had quoted minimum amount of
Rs 30.88 per kilometre. The operator will run 232 buses in the
area allotted to it.

Clusters three, four and five have been awarded to A B
Grain Spirits Pvt Ltd. For cluster three the company will get
Rs 36.68 per km, while for cluster four and five, it will be
given Rs 35.69 and Rs 34.79 per kilometre.

As per the plan finalised by Delhi Integrated
Multimodal Transit System (DIMTS), the transport department
will finalise the bus fares which will go to the government
while the private operator will be paid a fixed amount on the
basis of every kilometre travelled.


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