The Delhi government is considering finalising an aggregator policy for an app-based bus service having a specific number of vehicles plying on a route for people to use.
“We are promoting contract carriages,” said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday, talking about the aggregator plan. He said the government was working on how to bring in private players without making the carriages act like Blue Line buses. “We would like to bring in premium carriages. We are discussing legal and safety measures that can be made standard for these buses. We would put this out soon,” added the chief minister.
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He said the government would like to have private sector invest in public transport operated through app. “We do not want the buses to stop in the middle of roads and pick up passengers for Rs 10 tickets so that their seats will be full. This way they will end up being Blue Line buses. We are working on all these measures to avoid deficiencies of a private carriage.” According to sources, Ola has submitted an app-based aggregator policy for bus service.
The government is looking at private operators who will use the app to join a pool of buses plying on a fixed route, and can be used as an alternative to DTC, said the sources.
“There are discussions on app-based aggregator for fleet of buses from individuals. The effort is to have standard operating procedures in place so that the fleet will not act like a private bus flouting norms. The fleet will be then allowed to register itself with the Delhi government. This will give impetus to the existing public transport. By allowing buses that are plying alone and not being utilised efficiently, we would get enhanced strength of the public transport,” said a government source.