To overcome losses, improve efficiency and make all the depot managers of the Delhi Transport Corporation more accountable, the Delhi Government has decided to give them a free hand for two months in respect of appointment of bus conductors and drivers on contractual or daily-wages basis, as per their requirement.

Apart from this, they have also been empowered to decide on the frequency of buses, and proper utilisation of checking staff and other manpower. They would now also be able to change the route of any particular bus in keeping with financial viability. This was decided at a meeting chaired by Delhi's Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely here over the weekend.

During the meeting, convened to take stock of the situation arising out of declining operational revenue and overall performance of the Corporation, it was stated that these measures would help improve the performance of DTC. The Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Financial Adviser, Heads of Departments and Depot Managers of DTC attended the meeting.

Expressing concern at the financial condition of DTC, Mr. Lovely said the depot managers should own their responsibility and work towards enhancing operational revenue. He also exhorted the entire DTC staff to discharge their duties with a sense of responsibility, dedication and commitment to provide better service to the Capital's citizens.

He said he would review the outcome and performance of each depot in detail after two months and in case of any deficiency the depot manager would be held responsible.

It was stated that the depot managers would have to ensure that every bus covers the prescribed distance of 200 to 250 km per day in accordance with the trip schedule.

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