Special Correspondent

50 non-stop express bus routes planned

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Government has decided to introduce a monorail service in the Capital in the next three-four years as it considers it “faster than the Delhi Metro railway”. Besides, the Government has also decided to commission non-stop express buses on 50 routes to provide rapid access to commuters.

The announcements were made during the inauguration of a newly-constructed DTC bus depot at Tehkhand in Okhla. The depot was opened by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit who said the number of DTC depots had gone up to 41 and from now on a new depot would be commissioned every fortnight to take the number up to 50 before the Commonwealth Games in October this year.

The Chief Minister informed that the new depot, constructed at a cost of Rs.11 crore on a five-acre plot, would help in increasing the frequency of bus service in South Delhi. A fleet of 200 new modern low-floor buses would operate from the depot that has been equipped with automatic washing facility and a CNG station.

Ms. Dikshit said the Government has decided to bring in monorail to the city as it can travel to densely populated areas and requires comparatively less space than the metro rail to construct.

Delhi Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said since the DTC has been striving hard to strictly adhere to a time-table, a GPS system would be implemented within two months to help in this direction. He said non-stop express buses would also be commissioned on 50 routes soon and the Corporation is working towards making its drivers and conductors more courteous. Besides, CCTV cameras are being installed in DTC bus depots with an aim to improve efficiency.