Staff Reporter

"Make the public transport system modern and attractive for good first impression on visitors"

  • DTC directed to come out with a folded copy of the route plan
  • Construction of ISBTs at Kale Khan & Dwarka be speeded up: Sheila

    NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has directed the State Transport Department to introduce quality buses keeping in view the requirement during the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2010. She also underlined the need for increasing the number of mini buses for use during the Games.

    Speaking at a review meeting, Ms. Dikshit called upon the Transport Department to make the public transport system modern, attractive and convenient as city transport creates the first impression about a city in the minds of visitors.

    The Chief Minister also instructed the Chairman and Managing Director of the Delhi Transport Corporation, Anshu Prakash, to display the newly developed route map of the DTC at all entry points to Delhi, airports, railway stations, inter-State bus terminus, DTC depots and other congested places to inform commuters about the routes and connectivity. She directed the DTC to come out with a folded copy of the route plan, which could be distributed in colleges and other places with the help of Delhi Tourism.

    Ms. Dikshit also directed the DTC to speedily initiate construction of Inter-State Bus Terminals at Sarai Kale Khan and Dwarka. It was pointed out that the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transport System had been entrusted work relating to re-development of the Kashmere Gate ISBT, which would be completed next year. This would cover beautification of its surroundings.

    On the operational front, the DTC has initiated the process of recruitment of 2,485 drivers and appointed 250 daily wage drivers to overcome their shortage. Apart from this, it is going to place purchase orders for 625 new buses, which would be on the roads within the next few months.

    The meeting was also informed that 225 new "modern and attractive" bus shelters would be ready by November this year.