DTC flags off 150 e-buses
Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) flagged off 150 e-buses (first batch of 300 buses) at the hands of Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, from the Indraprastha Depot. The CM along with transport minister Kailash Gehlot rode the feature-laden bus that include CCTV, twoway central command, panic buttons and a hooter backed by a control centre at Kashmiri Gate, exuding pride. Specially abled commuters can look forward to a kneeling ramp and women commuters can look forward to dedicated, pink coloured seats. The Delhi government is known to have allocated Rs.1,862 crore for the procurement of 2000 electric buses over the next decade. The centre will bear a cost implication of Rs.150 crore for incentivising commuters. Commuters in Delhi will get a three day free-ride window while women commuters gain a weekly free pass for the buses. The new fleet of buses includes buses from OEMs like Tata Motors. DTC has also built three dedicated e-bus depots at Mundela Khan, Rajghat and Rohini sector 37 with dedicated charging stations and parking bays. The buses can be tracked and booked on the One Delhi app.