Govt committed to world class transport system in Delhi: Haroon

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New Delhi, Aug 19 (UNI) Delhi Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf today said the Delhi Government was committed to setting up world class transportation infrastructure and system in Delhi.

Speaking at the inaugural function of a new zonal transport office in Vasant Vihar, South-West District, the Minister said, ''along with the expansion of the metro rail system, Low Floor Green Buses and Low Floor Red AC Buses, we are committed to making world class transportation infrastructure and systems that adhere to global best practices in terms of their user friendliness, safety, efficiency and sustainability.'' Speaking at the function, where state Transport Commissioner R K Varma and officers of the Transport Department were present, Mr Yusuf, while assuring that the Government on its part was committed to providing a safe and pollution free public transport system, said the problem of traffic congestion and limited road space in the capital could be solved only if people in the city started using public transport extensively rather than depending on private vehicles.

Mr Yusuf said that the capital had more than 55 lakh vehicles running on its road and about 1 lakh vehicles from neighbouring states entered the capital everyday. This, coupled with the fact that about 700 new vehicles were registered everyday in Delhi, had put immense pressure on the limited road space and one could not find a long term solution by expanding roads or making overbridges.

He said that an efficient, safe and sustainable public transport system could resolve all the problems of transportation.

The Minister said the Transport Department has, in the recent past, taken several initiatives to achieving a truly service-oriented approach in its functioning by enhancing efficiency, improving transparency and by increasing accountability.

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