New Delhi: Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot flagged off 100 new low-floor AC buses, which will run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and a new electric bus on Monday, March 7. With the addition of 100 new AC buses in the cluster system, the vehicle count will reach up to 200 in the national capital. Mr. Gahlot said that these buses are modern and environment friendly, and will help reduce pollution in the city.
In a bid to provide seamless connectivity to the people, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) fleet will get hundred more air-conditioned low-floor buses with modern techniques.
Flag-off ceremony of 100 new AC CNG buses and DTC electric bus I LIVE https://t.co/6iNXOM0lY9
— Kailash Gahlot (@kgahlot) March 7, 2022
These buses, which have been introduced under the cluster scheme of the Delhi government, are also equipped with modern facilities like panic buttons and GPS, and are disabled-friendly. With their induction, the public transport bus fleet size has grown to 7,000.
In January, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal flagged off 100 AC CNG buses, taking the total number of buses in the public transport fleet to 6,900, the highest fleet in Delhi. Around the Commonwealth Games, there were nearly 6,000 buses in Delhi, the CM had said in a tweet. During the same month, the Delhi government also rolled out its first electric bus, procured by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).
Features of AC buses
The low-floor CNG AC buses will be fully compliant with BS-VI emission standards. The new buses will be equipped with state-of-the art facilities like a real-time passenger information system, CCTVs, panic buttons and GPS tracking.
The buses have Intelligence Management Transport System (ITMS) installed, integrated with panic buttons. One can press the panic button during any emergency in the bus and the message can go straight to the control room. With all the buses being GPS-enabled, they can be live-tracked to check whether they are following the right route or not.
The buses also have live video streaming in cases of emergencies, along with a fire detection and suppression system to protect the passengers from any kind of untoward incident. It will also have dedicated pink seats for women passengers, the media said in a report.
1500 e-buses by July
The DTC board has also given-in principle for the deployment of 1,500 electric buses in the national capital under an initiative of Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), PTI reported.
As per the PTI report, the DTC Board approved the engagement of 1,500 AC low-floor electric buses — 921 buses under the FAME-II scheme and 579 buses under the non-FAME-II category. Twelve depots of DTC have been approved by the Board for parking, operation and maintenance of these electric buses. The first lot of e-buses are expected to hit the roads by July this year.
In January, CESL launched the biggest ever tender worth about Rs 5,500 crore to procure as many as 5,580 electric buses, including 130 double-decker ones. The Delhi government plans to induct around 2,000 electric buses in the coming years.
Earlier, the Delhi Cabinet had said that 300 electric buses would be inducted into the DTC by the month of April.