5 DTC routes restructured

NEW DELHI DEC. 4. The Delhi Transport Corporation has restructured five of its bus routes to provide greater connectivity to the Delhi Metro system from different parts of the Capital, including the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

For getting more people on to the Metro system, DTC has altered the routes by connecting the Tri Nagar railway station - which is soon going to be renamed as Inder Lok - to various parts of the city. And to minimise the disturbance to the routes, only those have been chosen which either passed close by the Tri Nagar station or originated or terminated close to it.

The Corporation said the five buses, originating at Tri Nagar, would connect it to IGI Airport through Route No. 801, Krishna Vihar through route no 247, Janak Puri D-Block through 832, Shahbad Dairy through 985 and Mubarakpur Dabas through 929.

In fact this alteration of routes has shown that DTC will ultimately be complementing travel via the Metro and vice-versa rather that compete with it. This becomes evident from the fact that route No 832, which earlier connected Janakpuri D Block to Shahdara would now culminate at Tri Nagar from where people would be encouraged to take the Metro for covering the distance up to Shahdara in a more economical and comfortable manner.

While the Metro is at present covering a distance of 12.8 km between Shahdara and Tri Nagar, it would reach Rithala by March 2004, which would add another 8.5 kilometres to its length and is expected to almost double its ridership from 80,000 per day at present.

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