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Multi-level parking would be provided in depots

15 new modern bus depots being constructed

Global positioning system to facilitate commuters

NEW DELHI: For creating a world class transportation system in Delhi, multi-level parking would be provided in Delhi Transport Corporation depots, 15 new DTC bus depots would be constructed before Commonwealth Games and close circuit television cameras would be installed in all the depots to provide optimum security, Delhi Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said after a review meeting of the Corporation at Delhi Secretariat on Thursday.

Following the meeting, the Minister also informed that DTC would also install a state-of-art passenger information system and global positioning system to facilitate commuters. Moreover, 574 low floor buses would be added in DTC fleet especially for operations from the Commonwealth Games Village and these would facilitate movement of the sports persons. All these buses will be equipped with automatic vehicle ticketing system and with new logo of the Games.

The Minister said efforts would also be made to impart a new look to all the old buses of DTC as well.

With 15 new modern DTC bus depots being constructed before the Commonwealth Games, the number of depots would reach 50. These would have multi level parking for 6,000 buses. At present, Mr. Lovely said, construction of seven depots was going on and these would be functional by November 2009.

The Minister said DTC would be adding 2,500 more low floor CNG buses to its existing fleet by March 2010. The delivery of new buses will start from August when 150 buses would joining the DTC fleet. These buses will be supplied by TATA Motors and Ashok Leyland. Out of these 2,500 buses 1,000 are low floor air-conditioned buses while 1,500 will be non-A/c low floor CNG buses.

Besides this, 625 new low floor buses would be added in the DTC fleet. The Minister said the process of purchasing 1,000 new semi-low floor buses has also begun.