Not a single new bus has been included in the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) fleet for six years in Delhi. The number of buses decreasing has increased the sufferings of the passengers during the morning and evening peak hours.
According to a Hindi daily, the old buses are exceeding their fixed kilometres and now the number of buses in the DTC fleet has come down to close to 3,762. The report has come out in the information sought under RTI.
The report has been completed by DTC till September 2020. Abhishek Dutt of Lajpat Nagar sought this information from DTC. The reply has been sent from the DTC office Scindia House and in response, it has also come to the fore that the number of buses that have decreased in Delhi since 2004 is not available with the department.
According to the Delhi government’s decision in response to the RTI, Delhi currently needs about 11,000 buses. The ratio of 50:50% DTC and cluster has been fixed in these buses so that public transport can be operated in a better manner. Accordingly, DTC requires 5,500 buses in Delhi and DTC is presently operating 3,762 buses.
It is reported that DTC has initiated the tendering process for new buses. In a tweet BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana wrote, the government itself is assuming that DTC has not bought a single bus in the last six years.
In August 2019, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the national capital would get at least 3,000 new buses in the next seven to eight months.
The 3,000 buses was a part of a total 4,000 buses, which the Delhi government would get by 2020 to augment the city’s transport system. The fleet of 1,000 standard floor buses was to be delivered by January 2020.