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100 new GPS enabled buses added on Capital roads; let’s hope some land in Okhla

· 250 more buses during next two months and 450 AC buses this year

· Delhi’s Transport Department will be India’s first e-transport authority system

· New bus depots coming up to resolve the long pending issue of buses parking

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday flagged off 100 new buses outside the Delhi Secretariat, in the presence of Transport Minister Satyendar Jain and and senior Department officials.

The induction of 100 new cluster buses by the Delhi Government will help facilitate better connectivity for commuters in the Capital.

As part of its ambitious effort to bolster public transport further, Transport Minister Satyendar Jain said, “In the next two months 250 buses will be added to Delhi Roads. Also during the current year, 450 air conditioned buses will also be introduced.

“The new cluster buses are GPS enabled and comfortable to travel. We are also developing 31 new bus depots and are awaiting approval finalization of some norms from DDA in this regard,” Jain said.

A plan is also being processed to facilitate a multi-level parking at bus depots, to ease any traffic congestion and parking woes, he said.

“Owing to the lack of bus depot space, it was difficult to induct new buses so far. Over the next few months, eight new buses are being added which will have 1100 buses,” said Mr K.K Dahiya, Special Transport Commissioner.

“Approximately 20 acre land is being utilised in Bawana and Narela to develop new bus depots that will have multi-level parking.”

Indicating its seriousness about overhauling and reforming the existing license system, Jain added that Delhi’s Transport Department will be India’s first e-transport authority system. This will cut-back on long queues and will make the whole process more efficient and faster. Here licenses will be issued online and call centers are also being developed to help people with processes related to transport department.

“We plan to begin doorstep services where relevant documents will be collected from the people for facilitating a smoother process,” explained Jain.

The Government is also exploring tie-ups with city-based colleges where tests can be conducted for learner’s license.

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