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100 more AC buses to come by March-end

100 more AC buses to come by March-end

New Delhi:

By the end of March, 100 more new lowfloor air-conditioned buses will hit the roads of Delhi.

Earlier this month, the first lot of 100 buses was inducted to the capital’s ageing transport fleet and another 400 low-floor AC buses are scheduled to arrive by June, ending a decade-long drought of AC buses in Delhi.

On March 6, when chief minister Arvind Kejriwal flagged off 100 low-floor AC buses under the Cluster scheme, it marked a decade since the last time new air-conditioned buses were added to the public transport fleet during the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

“The certification process of these buses is going on at the moment and they are expected to be rolled out by March 25,” a Delhi government official said. Of the total 6,293 DTC and Cluster scheme buses in Delhi, 1,375 are air-conditioned.

During the flagging off ceremony on March 6, Kejriwal had promised that by next year, the number of buses in the capital would touch 9,000. “Delhi’s transport sector will be made an example for the entire country. It will be a model and modern transport sector and we are working day and night for that,” the CM had said.

The state government also plans to induct 1,000 electric buses under Cluster scheme, a tender for which was floated earlier this year, but didn’t materialise. “The tender for the electric buses had failed for some reason, but by Marchend the tender will be floated again,” Kejriwal had said.

The 37-seater AC buses, which have been manufactured by JBM Group, are blue in colour so as to distinguish them from the non-AC orange Cluster scheme buses. The new buses are equipped with features like fire detection system, remote monitoring system, GPS tracker, panic buttons, CCTV, hydraulic lifts and wheelchair ramps for the convenience of the differently-abled. These buses also have mobile charging facility and cantilever mounted seats facilitating more storage space. They also feature dedicated pink-colour seats for women passengers.

Delhi government is also inducting 1,000 standard floor buses with hydraulic lifts in the Cluster scheme, of which 733 have already been rolled out since August 2019. Each of these 37-seater buses are equipped with features like GPS trackers, 14 panic buttons with hooters, three CCTV cameras and hydraulic lifts for the convenience of differently-abled.