In an attempt to improve the public transport system in Delhi, 100 new cluster buses are added in Delhi. The buses were flagged off by Deputy Cheif Minister Manish, in presence of Transport Minister Satyendar Kumar Jain and senior officers of transport department. All the buses were supplied by Tata motors and body built by Tata Marcopolo.
Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) operates cluster buses. DIMTS is a joint venture company of Delhi government and IDFC Foundation (a not-for-profit organisation). DIMTS was formed to prepare, plan, design and implement complex transport-related projects in Delhi. Under cluster scheme, private players buy buses and run them but these vehicles are operated by DIMTS which pay them as per kilometres.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Satyendar Jain said an additional 250 non-AC and 450 AC buses will be added in the fleet within some months and their works are on the pipeline.On the problem of less available space of depots, he said 7 depots will open within 3 months. The Minister said now the government is focusing on ‘Transit oriented development’ which is connecting through various metro stations in the city.
He said that an initiative of government is e-transport platform which enables a learners licence applicant to apply online and fix the date of his exam to avoid long queues. There will be also a telephonic application system for applicants who are not familiar with computers, minister added.
With the induction of current lot of 100 buses, the cluster fleet strength has reached 1,725 buses while Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), a state-owned bus agency, has around 4,000 buses. At present, there are around 6,000 buses including DTC and cluster, but there is a need for 10,000 buses to cater to commuters in the capital.