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Delhi Bus Service Transport Department CM Arvind Kejriwal Meeting Over Route Rationalization Proposal ANN | Delhi: New routes will be ready to improve the transport system in Delhi, buses will be available on busy roads in 5 to 10 minutes.

Delhi Public Transport Department: A high-level review meeting was held...

Delhi Public Transport Department: A high-level review meeting was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today to bring bus service to every nook and corner of Delhi. During this, the Transport Department made a presentation to the Chief Minister to implement the suggestions of Route Rationalization Study. Through this presentation it was told that how bus service can be improved to urban and rural areas of Delhi and how a person living in any corner of Delhi can travel to Delhi in less time and by spending less money. One can travel from one corner to another by bus service.

Many issues were seriously discussed in this review meeting. In which city routes of DTC and cluster buses, inter-state bus routes, better utilization of ISBT and strengthening infrastructure, RTV and DMRC feeder routes for last mile connectivity, role of E-rickshaws, auto rickshaws, taxis etc. Things like applying rational routes to study were discussed.

Goal of Root Rationalization Study

The people of Delhi will get many benefits by implementing the suggestions of Route Rationalization Study. Under the proposed suggestions, now 13 busiest transport hubs around Delhi will be connected to Delhi Central Business District like Railway Station, Connaught Place, ISBT by 5 to 10 minute frequency bus service. Assured bus service will also be provided to remote areas of Delhi where bus service is not available. Similarly, feeder service will be provided for last mile connectivity from metro stations.

Along with this, the connectivity of Delhi to NCR will also be further improved. After the implementation of the suggestions, any passenger in Delhi will be able to get bus service within a radius of about 500 meters within 15 minutes. According to this study, the coverage of buses in Delhi at present is only 49 percent according to the standards of 15 minutes and 500 meters. The Delhi government will increase it to 90 to 95 percent.

The routes of Delhi will be divided into 4 categories.

Now all the routes of Delhi will be included together and they will be divided into four categories. The first will be the trunk network, which includes three central business district (CBD) circuits and 27 super trunk routes. In this, the frequency of buses will be 5 to 10 minutes. Second, there will be a primary network, in which the frequency of buses will be 10 to 15 minutes. The third will be the secondary and the fourth feeder network, in which the frequency of buses will be 15 to 20 minutes. At present, there are 625 bus routes in Delhi, in which 7200 buses are currently running. Similarly, there are 72 routes of Mini / RTV, in which 799 buses are running. While there are 14 routes of maxi cabs, in which about 120 vehicles are running.

Frequency of buses will be 5 to 10 minutes

Now after the study, the frequency of buses on 274 routes out of 625 standard bus routes will be 5 to 10 minutes. Apart from this, the way buses are running at present on the remaining 351 routes, will continue to run in the same way. In the coming time, the number of standard buses will be increased from 7200 to 8494. Apart from this, mini MIDI buses will be run on 120 routes for last mile connectivity, which will be about 2000 in number. Similarly, the service of Metro feeder will be run on 44 routes, in which the number of buses will be 480.

new routes will be ready

According to the study, 274 routes of standard buses are divided into several categories. The number of trunk routes under this study will be 30, of which five are new. Similarly, the number of routes in the primary network will be 154, in which the new routes will be 18. The number of routes in the secondary network will be 65. Apart from this, the number of NCR and airport routes will be increased to 38, with 12 new routes.

Bus service will also be available in outlying areas

Bus service will be expanded in those areas of Delhi where bus service is not available at present. For example, bus facility will be provided to people in many outskirts of Bawana, Narela, Burari, Najafgarh and Chhatarpur. Mini midi feeder buses will be run by the Delhi government in these areas.

According to the study, the routes of the proposed CBD circulator

• CBD circulator 01: Mori Gate to Mori Gate
This includes Mori Gate, Delhi Gate, ITO, Central Secretariat, Shivaji Stadium Terminal (Connaught Place), Karol Bagh, Tis Hazari Court, Mori Gate Route. Its length will be about 22 kilometers.

• CBD CIRCULAR 02: New Delhi Railway Station to New Delhi Railway Station

This includes New Delhi, Delhi Gate, ITO, Humayun’s Tomb, Ashram, Lajpat Nagar, South Extension, AIIMS, Central Secretariat, Connaught Place, New Delhi Route. Its length will be 31 kilometers.

• CBD CIRCULATOR 03: NEHRU PLACE TO NEHRU PLACE

The main routes include Nehru Place, Chirag Delhi, IIT Delhi, Munirka, Moti Bagh, AIIMS, Moolchand, Kailash Colony, Nehru Place Route. Its length will be 28 kilometers.

How many people are using public transport?

Six types of surveys were conducted for the route rationalization of buses. About two lakh people were included in this survey. According to this survey, 37 percent of the 2 lakh people were found to be using public service. Many things have come out in the survey. For example, the average travel length of people is about 11.2 kilometres. 37 percent people in Delhi use public transport. Most of the commuters are at transit centers like Anand Vihar ISBT, New Delhi Railway Station, Connaught Place, Kashmere Gate ISBT, Badarpur in Delhi. E-rickshaw is used by 33 percent of the people for last mile connectivity.

What are the challenges?

There are many challenges in the performance of Delhi’s existing bus service. For example, there is the challenge of following the schedule. On an average 36 passengers travel per bus in each trip. There is a high overlap of routes and other services, rural service and RTV running apart from the fixed route. At the same time, the travel pattern in and around Delhi was also seen. In which it was found that the number of people traveling in buses is the highest in the Delhi central area. Bus stops in Delhi were also visited and it was found that there are five major bus stops in Delhi, which have the highest number of passengers per hour during peak hours in the morning and evening.

Where do many people travel by bus?

In this, the first number is Badarpur border, where 1382 people travel by buses per hour. After this there is Kashmere Gate. Here 480 people travel in buses per hour. Similarly, 408 people travel per hour at Mandi House, 380 per hour at Palika Kendra, 327 people per hour at Mangalapuri Terminal. During this time it has also been seen that in the area where people of different income groups live the most, the number of people using bus service is there. There are 15 areas in Delhi, where 25 percent of the people belonging to the low income group use public service. Because of this, public services are overburdened at stops in these Lower Income Group (LIG) areas.

Need to increase the number of buses

There is a need to increase the number of buses at many transit stops in Delhi. Bawana/Narela, Mundka, Delhi Cantt Charge-4 & 6, Pusa, Kapashera, Kishangarh, Aya Nagar, Kashmiri Gate, NDMC Charge-3, Nizamuddin, Trilokpuri, Sarita Vihar, Chhatarpur and Bhati Transit Stop ) but there is a crowd of more passengers. Similarly, 15 areas with middle income group have also been identified, where 30 to 70 percent people use public transport services. Due to which there is more burden on the buses plying on the routes of the middle income group (MIG) area. Many of these MIG wards are located in West and South Delhi. This includes Ashok Vihar, Peeragarhi, Rajouri Garden, Tilak Nagar, Delhi Connaught Place, Bijwasan, Malviya Nagar, Kirti Nagar, Vivek Vihar, Chandni Chowk, Daryaganj, NDMC Charge-6 Amar Colony, Greater Kailash One, Shapur Jat.

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