DTC phased out nearly 900 buses but added none in over 2 years

DTC has phased out nearly 900 buses in the last two-and-a-half years, but no single bus was added to the fleet of buses running on the city's roads despite its shortage causing hardship to passengers.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 30, 2014, 16:38 PM IST

New Delhi: DTC has phased out nearly 900 buses in the last two-and-a-half years, but no single bus was added to the fleet of buses running on the city's roads despite its shortage causing hardship to passengers.

As per its "Operational Statistics" report, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) stopped operations of its 892 buses between April 2012 and June 30 this year.

DTC officials said most of these were standard-floor buses as their operation cost was very high and the entire fleet of such buses is in any case operating over the usual service ceiling.

According to the report, DTC removed 446 buses from city's roads during 2012-13, which is one of the largest number since 2003.

"During the period of 2013-14, 222 DTC buses were phased out from roads following which the numbers of total fleet came down to 5,223 buses, including AC and Non-AC low floor buses," the report also said.

In the month of May this year, 176 standard-floor buses were removed from the service and 48 such buses were phased out from the city's roads in June.

Report also stated that there are currently around 1,216 standard-floor buses, which have completed the age of more than eight years. DTC has already started the process to remove these buses in a phase-wise manner.

However, after having failed to identify a company for procurement of buses on two previous occasions, the corporation recently issued a global tender for the procurement of 1,380 semi-floor buses even as one company has shown interested in the proposal.

Presently, there is a demand for 11,000 buses in Delhi.

As per an agreement, DTC and Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System (DIMTS) have to run 5,500 buses each in the national capital.

But DTC currently operates around 4999 buses while DIMTS has around 1,200 buses, a big shortfall from the required number of 5,500 buses.

"Till June this year, a total of 4,999 buses are in operation, including around 2,506 Non-AC low floor buses and around 1375 AC-low floor buses," the report said. DTC spokesperson RS Minhas remained unavailable for comment.