Corporatization of bus operation
The bus based public transport system which carries bulk of the commuters (60%) in Delhi is run through the state-owned Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) as well as private stage carriage operators (Blue line buses and RTVs). The present private stage carriage system run by individual operators suffers from several defects including unhealthy competition among operators for traffic, and a high rate of accidents/traffic violations. It has therefore been decided to phase out the existing system of individual operators and replace it under ‘corporatization scheme’ with corporate entities operating new, state-of-the-art buses on carefully aggregated route clusters. The scheme envisages a 60-40 mix, wherein 60% of the buses will be plied by DTC and 40% by private corporate entities.
An Integrated Multi-modal, 43-corridor Public Transport Network is proposed to be created up to 2021, comprising 115 km of Metro (6 corridors), 74 km of LRT (6 corridors), 48 km of monorail (3 corridors) and 307 km of HCBS (26 corridors).
Based on the commonality, existing 657 routes have been aggregated into 17 (seventeen) clusters. Each cluster will be operated by single private entity, selected through a competitive bidding process, and DTC in the ratio of 40:60. In the total 17 clusters, DTC will operate 6567 buses whereas the private entities will operate 4411 buses. Bidding is under process for Cluster 1 (comprising 32 routes) and is expected to be completed shortly. The contract will be awarded for a period of 10 years. Award of remaining sixteen bus clusters will be taken up subsequently. DIMTS, a special purpose vehicle jointly owned by the GNCTD and IDFC, is implementing the corporatization scheme on behalf of the Transport Department.
Modernization of DTC fleet
The Government of NCT of Delhi has decided to modernize and nearly double the bus fleet of DTC by inducting over 5000 new state-of-the-art buses during 2007-2011. The Corporation has already procured 650 low floor buses (including 25 AC low floor buses) during 2007-2008. Further, purchase orders for 2500 Low Floor CNG buses (1500 Non AC and 1000 AC) have been placed, for delivery during 2009-2010. Procurement of another 2000 buses is also under consideration. All the new low floor buses will be maintained by the vehicle manufacture under a service contract that spans the bus life, so as to ensure maximum bus availability, reliability, and cleanliness.
Public Transport Policy
(i) Multimode transport: An Integrated Multi-modal, 43-corridor Public Transport Network is proposed to be created up to 2021, comprising 115 km of Metro (6 corridors), 74 km of LRT (6 corridors), 48 km of monorail (3 corridors) and 307 km of HCBS (26 corridors). This network is in addition to Phase- I and II of Metro and existing BRT corridor from Ambedkar Nagar to Delhi Gate.
(ii) MRTS Project: The first phase of MRTS comprising of 65 Km of route length has been completed and is under implementation. In the II phase, 6 more corridors have been approved and likely to be completed before CWG 2010.
(iii) Seamless Interchange: A good public transport system allows seamless travel to the commuter between different transport systems managed by different operators. Such seamless interchange is possible if proper inter-change infrastructure is available and users are able to use a single ticket over all such systems. In order to integrate Public Transport and introduce modal shift, it is proposed to develop 36 interchanging points besides Depots and Terminals.
Airport Bus Service
DTC has agreed to sign an MoU with Urban Metropolitan Transport Corporation to introduce air-conditioned, comfortable bus services from more than twenty locations to Delhi International Airport for convenience of air passengers. Service is to start in later half of 2009.