Delhi is probably one of the most well connected city in the country. The public transport here extends to almost all areas in the National Capital, which is why it is nothing short of the lifeline of the city. The DTC is the oldest and one of the most convenient ways to commute across the city and now, there are a slew of new and improved buses that will join the existing fleet in Delhi. Additionally, there are also plans to include electric buses in the fleet as well.
What’s the update?
The existing buses of DTC’s fleet have begun to show signs of wear and tear, which is why the authorities are planning to replace them with newer and better models. The new buses are standard hydraulic ones that we have seen from DTC.
The implementation of the new buses will begin some time next month and following that, more buses will join the fleet in small numbers. Of the new buses, 1,000 of them are electric buses which will also start operation from the next month.
Currently, the DTC has a fleet of almost 3,700 buses and the public transport sees a daily footfall of approximately 30 lakh riders. It is high time that the buses are replaced and the citizens get better facilities.
The total number of new buses that will make their way into the fleet exceeds 2,000 and of the 2,000 buses, 1,000 will be electric buses while the others are mostly CNG based, eco-friendly buses. 25 of the 1,000 CNG buses will hit the streets of Delhi starting June and we are rather excited about the new change.
As for the electric buses, they will be procured by the authorities soon but the private players that they have roped in for making charging and electric infrastructure will take at least two years. So don’t expect the electric buses to hit the roads any time soon.
At any rate, the new buses will be beneficial to Delhi. It is a step in the right direction to improve the quality of public transport that is available for the citizens.