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‘We looked at options abroad… buses from Poland,Sweden and China’

DTC in the process of procuring 1,725 standard-floor buses and has floated a global tender for the same.

Written by Express News Service |
July 19, 2013 12:30:13 am

What is being done to replace old DTC buses?

DTC in the process of procuring 1,725 standard-floor buses and has floated a global tender for the same. These buses will replace 1,657 old standard buses and will maintain the DTC fleet at 5,500 buses. Delhi is to have 11,000 buses plying every day — 5,500 operated by DTC and another 5,500 under the cluster scheme.

The government says it has been unable to roll out the cluster scheme due to lack of depot space. What is being done to resolve this?

Space is going to be provided in existing DTC depots at DTC Millennium Depot,Kanjhawala Depot,DTC Central Workshop-I BBM,DTC Central Workshop Okhla and DTC Depot in Village Kair. We will make space to park 700 more buses under clusters 6,7,8 and 9 and 450 of these will be rolled out by November this year.

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Why is there talk to acquire buses from abroad and what stage is the proposal at?

Lack of interest of local manufacturers to take part in the last global tender — only Tata Motors participated in it— led us to look at options abroad. A delegation from Poland had come to meet us and a Chinese firm had participated in the tendering process earlier. We are hoping that the fifth global tender has participation from all eligible foreign manufacturing companies.

Is the Delhi government satisfied with the performance of the Tata and Ashok Leyland buses?

Taking into consideration fleet utilisation,vehicle utilisation,maintenance programme and rate of breakdown per 10,000 km,the overall performance of the buses,till date,is satisfactory. We have asked that preventive maintenance be improved on these buses.

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