Staff Reporter

Will connect the satellite township with Dwarka

NEW DELHI: Though the extension of the Delhi Metro railway network to Gurgaon has got delayed due to the controversy surrounding its travel close to the historic Qutab Minar, the residents of this satellite township will now be able to get on to the Metro with ease as Delhi Transport Corporation has started an inter-State feeder bus service between Dwarka Sub-City and Gurgaon.

The feeder service will ply between Dwarka Sector-9 and Gurgaon Bus Stand via Dwarka Sector-23, Kapashera Crossing, Kapashera Border, IDPL (Maruti) and Gurgaon. While the service will cover a total route length of 22 km, the maximum fare will be only Rs. 13.

To begin with, DTC has pressed two buses into service for a trial period of a week. There will be eight trips from each side every day. According to the DTC authorities, continuation of the service would depend on the revenues generated during the trial period.

Besides this service, there are 30 more feeder routes on the Barakhamba-Dwarka Sub-City Metro Line II on which 81 Rural Transport Vehicles (RTVs) ply. Another 30 feeder routes are in operation on the Shahdara-Rithala Metro Line-I on which another 119 RTVs ply.

Incidentally, commuters are not very happy with the Delhi Metro feeder bus service. They have been complaining that while the Metro offers air-conditioned travel, these buses lack this basic feature and are also most uncomfortable. "In our area the RTV operators pack the vehicle with twice as many passengers as the sitting capacity. Moreover, they also take about half-an-hour to even make a move. So this does away with both the benefits Metro provides -- comfortable travel and saving of time," said a resident of Rohini.

Most passengers say it is the poor quality of the feeder services that prevents them from taking the Metro. "If you want scooter or car owners to switch to the Metro, then it is essential that you provide them with a fast, economical and comfortable mode of transportation to and fro the stations," said, Kapil Sharma, a resident of Dilshad Garden, adding that otherwise the ridership levels of the Metro would continue to be as low as they are.