New Delhi, Oct 25 : Days before the launch of free bus rides scheme for women, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday flagged off 104 new buses, the second lot of buses from the 1,000 standard floor CNG buses that started being delivered last month.
After flagging off 25 buses earlier, the Chief Minister on Friday flagged off 104 new buses. The buses feature modern technology, including CCTV cameras and panic buttons for women's safety, and hydraulic lifts for differently-abled passengers.
Launching the buses from the bus depot at Dwarka Sector 22, Mr Kejriwal said, 'I want to congratulate the people of Delhi on the arrival of 104 new buses on the roads of the city. It is a huge step towards providing convenience to the people and will strengthen Delhi’s public transport. On one hand, new buses will be running on the roads of Delhi, and on the other hand, women will be able to access free bus rides starting from the occasion of Bhai Dooj on 29th October, Monday. The Delhi government will also deploy bus marshalls within the next week to ensure the safety and security of women in Delhi buses.'
In addition to the above buses, 1000 Low floor AC buses are also being inducted in the cluster scheme. These buses will be suitable for boarding and alighting of differently-abled persons, elderly persons, children, and women.
The contract of 650 Low Floor buses has already been awarded by the Department of Transport for three clusters and these buses will start coming from January 2020.
The tender for balance 350 buses is being floated soon.
Further, the Delhi government is also inducting 1000 Electric buses in phases.
In the first phase, the tender for 300 Electric Buses (Low Floor, 12 meter) was floated on October 15. The last date for submission of bids is November 13. The financial bid for 1,000 low-floor, air-conditioned, CNG-run cluster buses has also been opened. (UNI)