Delhi Cabinet okays new ISBTs, upgradation of existing ones

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New Delhi, Sep 22 (UNI) The Delhi Cabinet today gave its approval for development of new Inter State Bus Terminals (ISBTs), upgradation of existing ISBTs and construction of new Bus Depots on covered drains to accommodate more buses.

It also decided to kickstart corporatisation of private stage carriage buses to provide a reliable city public transport system in the capital.

The decisions were taken in a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Briefing mediapersons after the Cabinet meeting, Ms Dikshit said that new modern ISBTs at Dwarka and Narela would be constructed to decongest existing ISBTs and distribute fast-increasing intra-city bus transport to other depots.

The ISBT at Anand Vihar was commissioned in 1993 and another at Sarai Kale Khan in March 1996 in temporary structures will be redeveloped and the one at Kashmere Gate will be upgraded, she said.

With the coming up of these new ISBTs, the residents would be able to avail bus services from nearby situated ISBTs.

Ms Dikshit further stated that with increase in number of passengers and routes originating from the Kashmere Gate ISBT, it has become imminent to upgrade it suitably.

She expressed confidence that redevelopment and upgradation of ISBTs and commissioning of new ISBTs would not only take care of future requirements but would also provide infrastructure with all modern amenities.

She stated that the Cabinet has approved a proposal for covering the drains and development of Bus Depots thereon.

It has also approved a provision of Rs 500 crore as first installment to meet the cost of the project.

The DTC has projected a requirement of 27 Depots in addition to the existing 35.

It is also constructing seven more bus Depots with a parking capacity of 700 buses.

The construction is likely to be completed by March, however 42 DTC Depots would not suffice for parking of the buses as 6000 new buses are to be added in the DTC's fleet as per approved augmentation of the city bus services.

To cater to the parking requirement of the private entities under the new scheme, there will be a requirement of five acres land for new bus Depots.

These bus depots would be double-storey and would cater to 200 buses each.

In absence of open land 44 sites will be required on drains to construct bus Depots to accommodate 4400 buses of private operators.

It is proposed to cover Janakpuri Drain, Barapullah Drain, Lodhi Road Drain, Shahdara Industrial Area Drain and Rohini Drain for this purpose.

The Chief Minister said the Cabinet has moved a step forward in corporatisation of private stage carriages buses in Delhi.

The Cabinet had earlier decided to introduce the scheme for operation of private stage carriage services to replace the existing providers. The private operators may be allowed to provide Value Added Services like air-conditioned services and sitting only services, she said.

The total number of Value Added Service trips can be 20 per cent of the total trips.

Broadly a 60:40 operating ratio between DTC and the concessionaire would be maintained.

Parking space would be made available to the private operators on payment, she said.

The entire process of corporatisation of private stage carriage services shall be integrated with automated fare collection.

Ms said advertising on the buses would be allowed subject to government policy. With deployment of buses under corporatisation scheme, it is expected that there would be a substantial improvement in public transport system as far as frequency of buses on routes, punctuality, safety and reliability is concerned.

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