The Delhi Transport Corporation will launch a special sustained 15-day checking drive from November 22 in the areas where its earning per kilometre (EPK) is less than Rs.20 at present.

A decision to this effect for curbing losses was taken at the weekly review meeting chaired by Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely.

It was decided that 10 teams of 20 officers each would be formulated in morning and evening shifts to conduct the checks.

In order to make the drive more effective and result-oriented, the Minister has directed the officials to concentrate on making the buses more presentable from both within and outside. He said emphasis should also be on ensuring operation of the buses as per the time schedule.

The Minister said maximum “out-shedding” of buses from each depot should be ensured. Expressing concern over a large number of standard buses missing their trips, Mr. Singh warned of stringent action against the workshop staff in case of any lapse on their part.

The Minister asked DTC Chairman-cum-Managing Director Naresh Kumar to expedite the process for recruitment of drivers through Delhi Subordinate Staff Selection Board on priority basis. He also directed that special teams be sent to the neighbouring States, particularly Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, for recruitment of drivers on contractual basis.

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