2,000 pri­vate buses to meet odd-even rush

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Sid­hartha. Roy @times­group.com

New Delhi: With Delhi gov­ern­ment plan­ning to im­ple­ment the odd-even scheme in the cap­i­tal from Novem­ber 4 to 15, prepa­ra­tions have be­gun to aug­ment pub­lic trans­port. The gov­ern­ment plans to add 2,000 pri­vate buses to cater to the in­creased rush dur­ing the re­stricted car us­age pe­riod.

“Two meet­ings have al­ready been chaired by trans­port min­is­ter Kailash Gahlot where the de­ploy­ment of pri­vate buses was dis­cussed,” said a Delhi Trans­port Cor­po­ra­tion (DTC) of­fi­cial.

“We are in dis­cus­sion with pri­vate bus own­ers and op­er­a­tors to gauge how many of them would be able to pro­vide buses,” the of­fi­cial added.

Dur­ing the first edi­tion of the odd-even scheme in Jan­uary 2016, around 2,900 pri­vate buses were de­ployed on Delhi’s streets un­der ‘Paryavaran Sewa’. In the sec­ond scheme in April that year, only 500 pri­vate buses were avail­able.

The of­fi­cial said that a new rate for these buses would also have to be fixed. “Bus own­ers and op­er­a­tors want the rate to be hiked as the prices of CNG have gone up since 2016. Buses op­er­at­ing as part of the clus­ter scheme are paid around Rs 51 per kilo­me­tre, and the same rate should be ac­cept­able to pri­vate bus own­ers too. We are look­ing for buses that can ac­com­mo­date at least 40 pas­sen­gers each,” he added.

The bus fleet of DTC, at 3,781, is at the low­est in a decade as the gov­ern­ment has failed to add a sin­gle bus de­spite try­ing. In 2016, when the odd-even scheme was rolled out for the first time, DTC had 4,121 buses.

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