Budget hotels planned in DTC bus depots

Budget hotels may soon come up in six existing Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus depots in areas such as Sarojini Nagar,Vasant Vihar and Kalkaji.

New Delhi | Published: April 19, 2013 1:05 am

Budget hotels may soon come up in six existing Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus depots in areas such as Sarojini Nagar,Vasant Vihar and Kalkaji.

The Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation Ltd (DTTDC) is looking at hiring concessionaires for the project which will not only lead to budget hotels being constructed in DTC depots but will also create multi-storeyed depot space with a maximum of two floors.

This project will be implemented on a “design,build,finance,operate and transfer” basis,officials said. “We have already taken out an advertisement asking concessionaires to come forward with proposals. Initially,we will start with six existing depots in Delhi to see how successful the project is,’’ the official said.

The city has over 40 DTC depots. If the project takes off,the government will look at extending it to the other DTC depots.

DTTDC has already met with stakeholders related to budget hotels to discuss the idea with them. “There has been a very positive response to this concept. The only budget hotels existing in Delhi are in areas like Paharganj. This concept will not only help create more budget hotels in the city but will also help in optimum utilisation of space available in the heart of the city. Tourists visiting the city prefer to stay in budget hotels,which is why most of them stay in Paharganj. This project will help in providing essential services,‘’ the official said.

The project will be developed on the public-private-partnership model. “We are also looking at constructing multi-storeyed depots in the city as it is getting increasingly difficult to identify land for depots,’’ the official said.

According to officials,depots cannot be located outside the city as it will lead to dead miles — the bus will not ferry any passengers during the trip from depot to bus stop.

“We need depots within the city,which is becoming increasingly difficult. Which is why we have mooted the idea of multi-storeyed depots as we need six acres of land for parking 1,000 buses,’’ the official said.

At present,around 500 buses are functional under the cluster scheme because of lack of depot space. The lack of available land in the city has led to delays in adding more buses to the present fleet.

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