There’s no denying that Delhi Metro is the most convenient way to traverse the city. Not only over long distances, but also for short travels, the Delhi Metro is an asset of the city. However, after getting off the metro train, one often has to resort to autos, e-rickshaws and cycle rickshaws to get to their destination.
In order to tackle this, DMRC plans to incorporate new, low floor, electric feeder buses to enhance last mile connectivity.
Why the need?
The feeder buses that DMRC currently uses are rather old and rickety, and do not make for convenient travels. Apart from that, the buses also run on diesel, which is toxic to the atmosphere. With the new electric buses, they aim to improve commuters’ travel experience and herald an era of eco-friendly public transport. With the new low floor buses, it will improve travels for disabled people as well.
The DMRC aims to replace the entire fleet and bring in more than 400 low floor buses. The buses will be active along all 47 routes of the Delhi metro, thereby making for better last line connectivity. The buses will be manned and maintained by a private firm while the infrastructure for charging and parking will be provided by DMRC.
Whom will it benefit?
The new fleet of feeder buses will come as a boon for residents and travellers of the city. It will especially benefit students and elderly people as they can make use of the feeder buses immediately after getting off the metro.
Another neat feature is that it will eliminate the need for metro travellers to make use of auto rickshaws, e-rickshaws, DTC buses and other third party transport systems. Though the feeder buses will have a fixed route, they will take you a step closer to your final destination.
Details of electric buses
The electric buses will have a low-floor height of 400mm and can accommodate 16 to 22 passengers. At present, DMRC’s feeder buses are rickety with a fleet size of just over 260, which is not enough to meet travellers’ demands.
Apart from that, the new buses will also have GPS and CCTV cameras but no conductors as commuters will be able to travel using their metro smart cards. With only smart card holders allowed on the buses, DMRC will ensure that only metro commuters are using the service.