Unified colours for Delhi buses

NEW DELHI NOV. 10. Soon the Capital's local public transport system, both private and DTC buses, will have a unified colour scheme. Not only this, taking forward the concept of "Green Delhi'' slogan, the DTC has decided to paint all its bus Q-shelters green. Flashy signboards in green are also being installed at all the bus depots across the Capital in a bid to not only revive the fortunes of the loss making Corporation but also give it a new eco-friendly image.

The Transport Minister, Ajay Maken, said a new colour scheme was being introduced for both DTC and private bus operators in order to bring uniformity in the local transport system plying on Delhi roads. Under the newly approved scheme, the private bus operators would use the reverse colour scheme of what is being used by the DTC buses. While the dominating colour in the DTC buses would be yellow with strips of green, the private buses will have green as dominating colour with yellow strips to differentiate them from the DTC buses.

The idea behind the whole initiative, Mr. Maken said, was to bring about some kind of uniformity and remove the harsh memories of the deadly Blueline and Redline bus fleets. The Minister said it was at the initiative of the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, that this new concept was being introduced. A notification in this regard would be issued soon and all new buses would be asked to follow this new colour scheme. As for the old buses, they would be asked to change to the new colour scheme at the time of fitness test.

Apart from this, the Minister said all the DTC bus Q-shelters are being painted green and redesigned to meet the changing needs of the commuters. At present, there are 700 new Z-shaped such shelters and another 500 old bus shelters looked after by the DTC. All these are being given a new dash of paint and the new colour scheme for them is already being implemented. In addition to the green and white colour scheme for bus stops and shelters, it had been decided to not only paint the routes and timings of the buses on these shelters but also the pin code number of the area would be depicted. The green and white colour was being used to make the signages at these stops more attractive and commuter friendly making them readable even during night.

Mr. Maken said a unique bus stop number has been allotted to all the bus stops which would also be prominently displayed from now onwards for the convenience of the commuters. This unique number was never displayed at the stops earlier. The Transport Minister further said that all DTC bus depots, numbering 31, are in the process of installing flashy signboards with green being the dominating colour at the depots to give a new look to the DTC set-up. Apart from this, the dilapidated bus terminals and bus depots are being beautified and renovated after a long time replacing the jaded look with modified entry and exit points. Making a beginning, the DTC headquarters at I.P. Estate has installed a new eco-friendly glow signboard outside its building.

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