Welcome move: Delhi Cabinet clears procurement of 2,000 buses
NEW DELHI: In a much required move, Delhi government Cabinet on Friday approved to purchase 2,000 standard floor, non-AC buses, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said. No buses have been added to the capital's public transport system in the past four years.
Of the 2,000 buses, 1,000 will be with the state-run Delhi Transport Corp (DTC) and 1,000 will be cluster buses, said Gahlot.
"Purchase of new buses sends a message that the perception that DTC is a dying organisation is wrong," he added.
The minister said the government was also planning to introduce mini buses.
"We haven't purchased any new buses in the past two-three years and this was needed to strengthen the public transport system," said Gahlot, adding that the buses are expected to start arriving before the end of the current financial year.
The minister said the move will be a great push to the state-owned carrier which had been facing a 'huge shortage' of buses for a long time.
"As per rough estimate, procurement of buses will cost the government around Rs 400 crore," the Delhi transport minister said.
The DTC has also decided to abolish Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC).
"The AMC was one of the major hurdles in procuring new buses. If required, the DTC will recruit more persons for the maintenance of buses," Gahlot said.
At present, the DTC has about 3,900 buses.