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Delhi CM directs transport department to prepare plan to procure 10,000 buses

PTI 13 Jun 2015, 7:50:05 IST
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New Delhi:  Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on June 12 directed transport department to prepare a detailed plan to procure 10,000 new buses to improve public bus service in the national capital.

The Delhi Chief Minister on Friday held a meeting with transport minister Gopal Rai to improve public transport system.

"In the meeting, the CM has directed transport department to prepare a detailed plan to buy 10,000 new buses and which types of buses the government should buy," said a senior government official.

According to department officials, there was a dire need to construct bus depots in the city as government has planned to procure new buses.Government recently also asked the Delhi Development Authority to provide land for depots so that new buses could be parked there.

There is a requirement for 11,000 buses in Delhi with DTC and DIMTS mandated to run 5,500 buses. However, while DTC at present operates 4,700 buses,DIMTS runs around 1,300 of them.

Apart from it, issue of controversial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) was discussed in Friday's meeting.However, sources said that the decision to scrap the BRT will soon be taken in a cabinet meeting.