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2-year target set for 11,000 buses in fleet

2-year target set for 11,000 buses in fleet

New Delhi:

Delhi government targets to take the city’s total bus fleet to 11,000 from the current over 6,000 in the next two years, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said in the budget speech on Monday.

He said the buses had started to arrive in Delhi after the gap of a decade —first time since the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Total 2,485 new buses (1,300 DTC and 1,185 cluster buses, including 685 electric ones) will be added to the fleet in 2020-21 and 1,880 buses (444 DTC and 1,436 cluster buses) will be purchased in 2021-22, Sisodia announced.

An outlay of Rs 250 crore has been made for the purchase of buses by DTC and Rs 1,100 crore for the viability gap funding of the cluster buses. A total outlay of Rs 5,941 crore has been proposed for public transport in 2020-21 of which, Rs 2,678 crore has been allocated for various programmes and schemes. The budget allocated for transport in 2019-20 budget was Rs 5,882 crore.

Sisodia also said that the government’s scheme of providing free rides to women in buses would continue. “Our government is very concerned about the safety and security of women. Marshals have been deployed in buses and CCTV surveillance systems will be installed soon,” he said.

The government has approved all six corridors of Delhi Metro’s Phase-IV project, but the Centre has accorded sanction to only three priority corridors for the time being. For Phase-IV, Rs 900 crore has been allocated. This is in addition to Rs1,324 crore in revised estimate 2019-20 and Rs200 crore released to Delhi Metro in 2018-19 for the project.