Govt decides to double DTC’s night buses


In an attempt to improve late night public transport, the Delhi government has decided to double the service of state-run buses during night hours to 85 and deploy Home Guards in them.

Also, to ensure that drivers of all public transport vehicles have a public service vehicle (PSV) badge on them, the government will hold special camps in the coming week to fast-track the process of issuing such badges. Majority of drivers are operating public vehicles without PSV badges, which require verification by police.

"To ensure that drivers have PSV badges, we will organise special camps in the city in the next few days. We will also seek the help of transport associations in this regard,'' Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami said.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) would now ply 85 buses, instead of 42, under its night service. "The routes would probably touch all important junctions in the city. To ensure safety and security of passengers during night, Home Guards would be deployed in the buses. The department may also consider Home Guards in DTC buses during evening hours," Dikshit said.

During her meeting with the Transport Minister and other officials, Dikshit instructed them to improve the overall service of DTC, which operates a fleet of around 6,000 buses.

"The CM has directed the Finance department to extend all support to the Transport department and clear the backlog of outstanding payments,'' an official said. Newsline on Tuesday reported that the data collected from nearly 3,000 DTC buses via GPS is not shared with depot managers as the government has not cleared the dues of Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System, which operates the control room.

The Transport department has also been asked to strengthen its enforcement wing. It would be deploying more personnel to ensure better checking against violations by commercial vehicles.

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