Saturday, November 28, 2009

DTC starts running on new route

Yamuna Mudrika flagged off, 40 new low-floor buses in DTC fleet

In a bid to provide better connectivity to residents of east Delhi, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) flagged off a new Yamuna Mudrika route to connect trans-Yamuna areas to the Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT) at Kashmere Gate from Friday.

The buses on this route will run via ISBT Kashmere Gate (Nityanand Marg), New Yamuna Bridge, Shastri Park Metro Depot, New Usman Pur, Pushta Road (Yamuna Marginal Bandh Marg), Khajoori Khas, Main Wazirabad Road, Yamuna Vihar, Nand Nagri Depot, Gagan Cinema Crossing Road No.68, Tahir Pur DLF Plaza Dilshad Garden Extn., Seemapuri Depot, Shahdara Border, Surya Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Pusta Road, Ramesh Park, Krishan Kunj, Gandhi Nagar (Pusta), Kailash Nagar Pusta, Bulland Masjid, Old Bridge Road, Dharam Pura, Shastri Park, New Yamuna Bridge and ISBT Kashmere Gate.

Flagging off the service, transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said: ‘‘To start with, 16 low-floor buses are being deployed on the 36 km-long route where services will be available at a frequency of 15 minutes in both (+) and (- ) directions — clockwise and anti-clockwise. The new route provides connectivity to east Delhi, where one-third of Delhi’s population resides. In fact, several areas on the route are such where no buses were available until now.’’

Meanwhile, 40 new low-floor buses, part of the first lot manufactured by Ashok Leyland, has been inducted in DTCs fleet. The total number of DTC buses is now 3,717 buses — 860 low floor-buses (including 85 AC buses) — and another 2,857 old buses, and 83 diesel buses run on interstate routes. ‘‘To promote public transport, the government is going to strengthen the DTC increasing its fleet to 7,000 by October 2010 and the supplies for the order of 3,125 low floor buses has already started. About 300 new buses will be added to Delhi roads every month now,’’ he added.