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80+ new bus routes to come up in city, focus on outskirts

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has started works on connecting 84 new routes in Delhi after taking feedback from the senior officials and public. According to the sources, the Delhi government will focus on connecting the outskirts and bring them on the routes of Delhi buses. After the new buses come, the government will bring these new routes, and other routes are also under consideration.

The senior officials said that as the city is growing, there is a high need of increasing the routes of public transport and also to give connectivity to the outskirts of Delhi. "Our first target is to cover all the roads which have no buses. We have also a list of complaints on the demands of more buses in some of the routes which we will work in the next phase," said an official.

According to the officials, the transport department has asked the DTC to submit a full-fledged plan on by which every route of the Capital can be covered. "We will try to accommodate most of the routes of Delhi but more focus will be given to the outskirt areas," asserted a source. The official added that many of the outskirts like Narela have been very disconnected in terms of transportation. "We hope that by the next year we can connect all the outskirts of Delhi," said the official.

The officials said that the government will also look into the issue that in various routes at night the buses do not ply. "We have many feedbacks and complaints that at night in some routes buses do not ply which the department will also consider after the new buses hit the floor," said an official. He added that the senior officials will make a detailed map on the routes which could be placed in front of the minister to finalise the routes.

Recently, Delhi cabinet approved the procurement of 650 buses under Cluster scheme. The meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal approved awarding a concession to the successful bidders for 650 low-floor buses under the Cluster scheme run by Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS). The fleet of 650 buses whose tender was cleared by the Cabinet, will start rolling out from December and the entire fleet will arrive by April 2020. Currently, there are around 5,500 public transport buses in the city including 3.900 run by the DTC and over 1,600 under Cluster scheme of DIMTS.

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