New Delhi, Dec 12 (UNI) In a move to bring a sea change in the public transport system of the capital, the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) of the Delhi Government today gave its nod for commissioning of six more High Capacity Bus System (HCBS) routes with combined route length of 107 km for which Rs 1819 crore would be released.
This decision was taken in an EFC meeting here presided over by Delhi Finance Minister Dr A K Walia.
Briefing newspersons after the meeting, Dr Walia said the CNG run HCBS system would go a long way in curbing pollution and encourage private vehicle owners to travel in modern, convenient and dependable Public Transport System contrary to the carelessness of Blueline services.
The six more HCBS projects would include 8.8-km-long Shastri Park-Karawal Nagar, 27.75-km Moolchand-Jahangirpuri, 15.7-km Kondli-Gokulpuri, 26.6-km Jamia Milia-Tilak Nagar, 17.1-km Nizamuddin-Nand Nagri and 10.8-km Rajendra Nagar-Pragati Maidan routes, he added.
The construction on all these routes would be completed by December 2009 whereas commuters would be able to make use of their services between January 2010 to June 2010, much before the commencement of Commonwealth Games.
The route from Shastri Park to Karawal Nagar would cost Rs 128.22 crore, Mool Chand to Jahangirpuri Rs 346.12 crore, Kondli to Gokulpuri Rs 360.33 crore, Jamia Milia to Tilak Nagar Rs 497.62 crore, Nizamuddin to Nand Nagri Rs 376.64 crore and Rajendra Nagar to Pragati Maidan Rs 110.17 crore.
Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf, Commissioner (Transport), DIMTS CMD, Pr Secretary (Finance) and other senior officers were present in the meeting.