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Boon for Dwarka residents: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit along with Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely taking a ride on a bus after inaugurating the new Dwarka air-conditioned circular bus service in New Delhi on Tuesday.
NEW DELHI: The with the launch of the first air-conditioned circular bus service by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in Sector 8 of Dwarka here on Tuesday. She also inaugurated a DTC bus depot during the day.
Addressing the gathering that comprised Delhi Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely and Members of Parliament Mahabal Mishra and Ramesh Kumar, the Chief Minister said it was a red letter day for Dwarka as the launch of the DTC’s circular bus service would make short-distance commuting very easy, comfortable and hassle-free.Reasonable rates
It would also be very reasonable since the rates would be less than even non-AC DTC buses in some cases, she added.
Ms. Dikshit said the minimum fare on the circular service would be Rs.2.50 whereas it is Rs.5 in non-AC buses.
Stating that commuters using the circular service would be charged Rs.2.50 per km for a distance up to 4 km, she said beyond 4 km they would be charged Rs.1.25 per km with the maximum fare being Rs.25.
The Dwarka Circular Service (+) and (-) will cover Dwarka More, Dwarka 6/7 Crossing, Sector 10 Metro Station, Sector 8 DTC Depot, Sector-22/23, Sector 22 Govt. Senior Secondary School, Sector 23 Pochanpur, Sector 19 Modern International School, Sector 19 Pocket-3, Sector 18B DDA Flats, Sector 12 Pocket-8 DDA Flats, Sector 12 Ashirvad Chowk, Sector 4, Sector 6 DDA Shopping Centre and Dwarka More.
Declaring that the her government was eager to provide a reliable and modern public transport system in Delhi in view of the upcoming Commonwealth Games, Ms. Dikshit said it was keen on bringing 5,000 to 6,000 AC and non-AC buses within the next one year.GPS monitoring
Apart from this, she said, it had also been decided that Global Positioning System would be installed to monitor the movement of buses and ensure their proper maintenance.
The Chief Minister said her government was also working on bringing about a behavioural improvement in the staff ahead of the Games and to this end DTC was imparting training to its conductors so that they are more courteous to passengers, including international tourists, during the international sporting event.
The new depot has been constructed over an area of five acres and would cater to 12,000 passengers per day. Apart from the Dwarka Circular Service, the depot will also provide service for another four routes including Palam AC coach from Indira Gandhi International Airport to Inter-State Bus Terminus.
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