Special Correspondent

Free park-and-ride facility from India Gate launched

NEW DELHI: To ease the parking woes for those visiting or working in various Central Government and other offices located between Ashok Road and Akbar Road on both sides of Rajpath in Lutyens' Delhi, the Delhi Transport Corporation on Wednesday launched a free air-conditioned park-and-ride bus service.

The service was launched with the flagging off of a bus from Nirman Bhawan by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Union Minister for Urban Development S. Jaipal Reddy. Union Minister of State for Urban Development Saugat Rai and Delhi Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely were among those present on the occasion.

Positive change

Ms. Dikshit lauded the initiative and hoped it would bring about a positive change. She said a large number of people would find this service very useful and after gauging the response DTC would accordingly increase the number of buses.

Mr. Reddy also expressed his pleasure over the start of the new service that would largely benefit government employees and other visitors and facilitate decongestion of Lutyens' Delhi.

The service will operate on two routes. The buses will go from C-Hexagon, India Gate, to various Central Government offices located on either side of Rajpath.

They will run on both these routes at a frequency of 15 minutes between 8-30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The first route, P-1, will cover Jamnagar House, Vigyan Bhawan, Nirman Bhawan, Vayu Bhawan, Rail Bhawan, Red Cross Road, Transport Bhawan and North Block and back to C-Hexagon via the same route.

The other route, P-2, will cover Andhra Bhawan, IGNCA, Shastri Bhawan, Krishi Bhawan, Udyog Bhawan, K. Kamraj Bhawan, Sena Bhawan and South Block. The buses will take the same route on the way back to C-Hexagon.

The scheme is also likely to encourage parking by Delhi Metro commuters at C-Hexagon as the two metro rail stations at Patel Chowk and Central Secretariat have been connected by the service. Since the new routes also criss-cross Rajpath, the facility would help people park at C-Hexagon and access any of the offices located on either side of this avenue.