Friday, July 17, 2009

More Buses and 15 new Bus depots to come up in Delhi before 2010 CWG

Delhi Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely Thursday said that 15 new Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus depots would come up before 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG).

CCTV cameras would also be installed in all DTC bus depots to ensure security during the 2010 CWG," he said after a review meeting regarding DTC's preparation for the 2010 Games.

"With 15 new depots, the total number of DTC depots would reach 50 with multi level parking capacity of 6,000 buses. Construction works in seven new depots are going on and these depots would be functional by November 2009," Lovely added.

The minister said that DTC would be adding 2,500 low floor CNG buses to its existing fleet by March 2010 and the delivery of new buses will start next month with 150 buses joining the DTC fleet.

Of these 2,500, 1,000 are low floor air-conditioned buses while 1,500 will be normal low floor CNG buses. Besides this, 625 new low floor buses would be added in the DTC fleet.

DTC has started the process of purchasing 1,000 new semi-low floor buses, he said, adding they would have a state-of-art passenger information system and global positioning system for the convenience of commuters. As many as 574 low floor buses would be in the Commonwealth Games Village for the sports persons, Lovely added.

"All buses will be equipped with automatic vehicle ticketing system and with new logo of Commonwealth Games. Endeavor would be made to give a new look to the old buses of DTC," Lovely said.

The minister said an Internal Training Module for DTC drivers has already been formulated with the co-operation of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the central government's tourism ministry, so that these drivers may adopt better manners and behavior.