Open roof buses could soon be rolled out for tourists in Delhi
NEW DELHI: The Tourism department of Delhi government is likely to introduce open roof buses in the national Capital for tourists for citywide tours.
The Department will come up with the plan soon and discuss the matter with the Delhi government Cabinet. "These buses will take tourists to various historical places of the city," an official said.
Sources in the Department noted that these buses will follow the same network as that of the 'Hop On, Hop Off' (HOHO) buses, and will be connected by GPS with the HOHO network.
As per the primary plan, these buses will be constructed based on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, so that quality investment will take place.
The buses would also have free Wi-Fi connections. Officials said the buses will have accommodation for passengers to sit and stand.
Keeping in mind the weather of Delhi, officials will plan to run the buses mostly in winter. They said the frequency of these buses will be the highest between October and March.
During the primary decision, the Department planned that the fare for these buses will be the same as the HOHO buses.
Officials noted that keeping in mind the open structure of these buses, security would be an issue of concern. To ensure the security of tourist's, security personnel will also be present in these buses.
The Department also plans to employ educated tour guides in these buses, who will describe the city's various marvels to tourists.
The Tourism department would also consider the condition of roads and traffic while constructing these buses.
Tourists will also be able to book seats for the buses online and track their routes if needed.
After taking the charge of the Tourism department, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has asked officials to make the national Capital more tourism friendly.
Earlier, he had proposed setting up a tourism advisory board, which could come out with innovative ideas to develop the national Capital into a tourist hub for the country.
Sisodia stressed the need for a "good team" that could think about ways and means to tap the potential of tourism in the city.
The Deputy CM pointed to the need for new tourism circuits in Delhi to increase the staying period of tourists.