THE DELHI government will flag off 100 new cluster buses Sunday at Vidhan Sabha — the first such addition to the over 4,000-strong DTC fleet in five years.
Officials said the transport department has acquired 100 new non-AC standard floor buses which will be operated under the DTC’s concessionaire kilometre scheme. These buses, all manufactured by Tata, have been bought by a private owner and given on hire to the transport department for Rs 41 per km.
“These buses will run on routes predetermined in the 2010 tender. The fare structure will be the same as that of the DTC, which is Rs 5 till 4 km, Rs 10 between 4 km and 10 km and Rs 15 for 10 km,” said a DTC official.
The DTC had tendered around 2,500 buses in 2010, of which 1,500 AC and non-AC low-floor buses were attached to the existing fleet. The remaining 1,000 buses were to be attached on a concessionaire basis. However, due to lack of space in depots, they were never added to the fleet, said a DTC official.
With hundreds of standard floor buses becoming decrepit by the day, the DTC last year began phasing out the remaining 500 of the 1,300-strong standard floor bus fleet. DTC managing director C R Garg said, “We have been phasing out the ageing standard floor buses over the last couple of years. Now that almost all standard floor buses have been removed from the Millennium depot, there is space for new buses. We will park the 100 new orange buses here.”