Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Wednesday announced 80 AC CNG buses under the bundled services of Rajghat Bus Depot, bringing the city’s public transport fleet to 7,080.
Department of Transportation officials said the DTC fleet will receive 62 electric buses over the next two weeks. Currently, the city has only two electric buses.
These dark blue group buses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including pink seats for women, separate seats for the elderly, a foldable ramp for the disabled, CCTV cameras and panic buttons with sirens to help women to sound the alarm and live video streaming in case of emergency.
Speaking after the inauguration, Gahlot said, “Today, 80 low-floor AC buses were added to the public bus fleet. We are continuously enhancing Delhi’s bus network. We will fulfill all the promises made to people.
He added: “We recently passed the milestone of 7,000 buses. With the introduction of another 80 buses, the number has reached an all-time high of 7,081. These buses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including women’s safety devices. We are keen to provide Delhiites with a world-class public transport system.
The buses have GPS installed for live tracking with two-way communication with the control room, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, automatic transmission with rear engine, disc brakes and a system of fire detection and extinguishing. The buses are fully compliant with the Bharat Stage VI emission standard, through which carbon monoxide emissions will be reduced by 30% and nitrogen oxides by 80%, officials said.
Currently, cluster buses are operated on the city’s network of 328 routes. The newly installed buses will be deployed on nine additional cluster routes from Ghumanhera Depots 1 and 2, officials said.