After reports surfaced that the Delhi Cabinet has approved procurement of 2,000 new buses for Delhi roads, Okhla residents who use DTC bus service have welcomed the development. It appears that some buses will be put into service in Okhla too easing commuting woes. However, the Government has not announced how many buses will be put in Okhla.
The Delhi Cabinet in its meeting, chaired by the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday approved the following proposals of the Transport Department to augment environment friendly public transport in the national Capital:
1) DTC shall procure 1,000 Fully Built Non-AC CNG propelled standard size buses with standard floor height of 900 mm without AMC (Annual maintenance Contract) from Vehicle Manufacturers.
2) The Transport Department shall engage 1,000 Fully Built CNG propelled standard size buses with 900 mm floor height through Private Entities in Cluster scheme.
There shall be an estimated expenditure of Rs 330 crore for procuring the 1000 DTC Buses.
For the engagement of 1000 Cluster Buses, an additional viability gap funding of Rs. 211 crore per year is estimated to be incurred by the Government.
These buses shall have in-built CCTV cameras and screens as per the pre-define specification and architecture given to the vehicle manufacturers as part of the tender conditions.
A depot space of approximately 42 acres has been allocated for parking of 1000 Cluster Buses.