The Delhi Government will soon look into a solution to decongest the road entering Mehrauli and explore alternative routes on forest land or construct an elevated road for the fast increasing number of vehicles accessing the area.

Speaking at a function to lay the foundation stone for renovating the Delhi Transport Corporation bus terminal in Mehrauli on Friday, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit noted the need to end traffic congestion.

She said her government as well as the Delhi Transport Corporation is committed to providing a reliable and efficient bus service to its commuters and added that more low-floor AC and non-AC buses are being added to the DTC fleet.

Delhi Assembly Speaker Yoganand Shastri, who is also the Mehrauli MLA, said the Mehrauli terminal had been functional since 1984 over a two-acre plot provided by the Delhi Development Authority and it was decided to renovate it to make it a modern and spacious terminal to cater to the needs of the local people. Noting that it took time to initiate the renovation work as it was awaiting permission from the Department of Archaeology and the National Monument Authority, he credited the Delhi Government for going ahead with the plans.

Five lakh residents of the area will be benefited from the renovation work, said Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami. He noted that the terminal will be well equipped with all facilities such as toilets, drinking water, bus queue shelters and sufficient lighting arrangements will be made during the night for security purpose.

Thirteen routes, such as Route No. 34, 413, 427 and so on, will be operated from Mehrauli bus terminal with 25 buses and 381 trips. The renovated terminal will have illuminated bus queue shelters for commuters, time keeper booth for providing information to the commuters, public conveniences and drinking water facilities.

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