Lukewarm response to Hoho bus service

Most of the 14 buses in the service, launched by the city Government to offer Games visitors a "perfect introduction" to Delhi, are running almost empty.

Last Updated: Oct 08, 2010, 17:24 PM IST

New Delhi: Hoho -- the capital`s first hop-on hop-off bus service, which was launched with much fanfare just a week ahead of commencement of Commonwealth Games, has evoked little response so far from the visitors.

Most of the 14 buses in the service, launched by the city Government to offer Games visitors a "perfect introduction" to Delhi, are running almost empty. "We had high hopes. But still we are not very disappointed. We hope visitors` attraction will catch up in
the coming days," said an official of Delhi Tourism.
The bus service, primarily targeting CWC visitors, was flagged off by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on September 28. It runs across the city covering almost all the important
tourist destinations including monuments, museums and popular markets.

The official said lack of publicity may be one of the reasons for not having satisfactory responses from the visitors. "Anyway, the number of visitors currently in the city do
not match the anticipated figure," he said.
Modelled on the best of such facilities in some European countries, the starting point of the hop-on hop-off bus service is Baba Kharag Singh Marg in Connaught Place. Tourists can hop on and hop off at any of the 19 stops on the way as per their convenience. The buses ply at half hour interval from 8 AM to 8 PM.

All the 14 `Hoho` buses are spacious, air-conditioned and have on-board entertainment facilities. Every bus has a guest relations executive who will give tourists information about all the sites which are part of the tour.
One comprehensive Hoho route covers most of the major attractions in Delhi and these are a mix of famous historic sites, museums and markets of Delhi. The `Hoho` service is a joint venture between Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC),
Prasanna Purple Mobility Solutions Pvt Ltd and Urban Mass Transit Company Ltd (UMTC).

Anybody wanting to experience the service can book their ticket online at www.hohodelhi.com or just hop onto the bus and by a ticket on board. A ticket will cost Rs 300. Entry tickets to major monuments like Red Fort, Qutub Minar and Humayun`s tomb and some other sites like Dilli Haat are available inside the buses.

PTI