Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has sent a proposal for a new bus service scheme to Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena for approval. The scheme will introduce air-conditioned buses equipped with CCTV cameras and panic buttons to Delhi’s roads. The buses will be operated by private aggregators, and will be booked through an app. The scheme is aimed at encouraging the middle and upper middle classes to use public transport, and to make public transport safer, more comfortable, and punctual. Kejriwal said that the policy stipulates that no bus older than three years will be used by aggregators, and that buses purchased after January 1, 2024 will be electric. The price of the tickets will be higher than those of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) tickets, but will be kept as per the market situation and standards. Kejriwal also mentioned that there will be no provision for free travel for women on these buses.
Kejriwal’s Vision for Public Transport in Delhi
Kejriwal is keen on improving public transport in Delhi, in line with world standards. He noted that the Delhi Metro has had a significant impact on reducing the number of private vehicles on the roads, and said that public transport should be safe, comfortable, and punctual. However, he noted that the metro has become crowded, and people have started using private vehicles again. Cluster buses and DTC buses are available but they are restricted to the lower middle class. Kejriwal hopes that the proposed bus service scheme will provide a world-class public transport system in the national capital.
Kejriwal hopes that the scheme will be approved by Lieutenant Governor Saxena. If it is approved, the policy will be shared online for public feedback. Delhiites will then have an opportunity to provide their feedback on the proposed scheme.
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