DTC starts `Delhi by Nite'

NEW DELHI NOV. 13. Buoyed by the response to its Delhi Darshan service and eager to tap the enormous opportunity thrown up by the India International Trade Fair, the Delhi Transport Corporation has launched a new bus service, "Delhi by Nite'', which would take visitors from Pragati Maidan on a conducted tour of around 15 important illuminated places in the city every evening.

The service will mainly cover the illuminated monuments besides important buildings in and around New Delhi and Walled City areas. During the journey, which will begin from and culminate at Pragati Maidan, the tourists would be taken to Old Fort, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, North Block, South Block, Parliament House, Akashvani Bhavan, Birla Mandir, Connaught Place, Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Raj Ghat and Ferozeshah Kotla.

During its two-hour run, which would start from DTC Terminal opposite Gate 1 of Pragati Maidan at 6-30 p.m., the bus would stop for a few minutes at all these places to enable the tourists to enjoy the view. Also, it would have a public address system through which the tourists would be informed about the areas being visited by a tourist guide who would accompany them on the trip.

With the tickets priced economically at Rs 40 for adults and Rs 20 for children between 5 and 12 years of age, the service - which would initially run during the course of the fortnight-long trade fair -- hopes to attract many of the visitors coming to see the much-awaited yearly fair.

The Senior Manager in charge of Traffic in DTC, A.K. Goel, said the scheme could be extended if the demand persists thereafter as well.

Meanwhile, he said, DTC would also be running Trade Fair Special buses on 11 routes in Delhi at 10 and 20 minutes frequency. Similarly, special services to Pragati Maidan would be run from Ghaziabad and Gurgaon at around 20 minutes frequency. However, the operation of all these buses would be kept very flexible in keeping with the number of passengers. "We will increase the frequency or number of buses as and when the demand would go up.''