Metro will get 50 e-buses for feeder service by the month of April. The supply service which is critical ad crucial to the last mile-long connection, has been kept shut down since the month of last March, keeping in the view of the Covid-19 epidemic, the DMRC plans to restart the service soon back again.
With the introduction of 100 new metro buses, DMRC will have 274 feed buses traveling in 30 lanes. DMRC is also in the process of re-launching the feeder bus service in response to concerns from supplier service providers.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will receive its first batch of 50 electric buses (e-buses) to be provided with electricity in April this year.
The supply service which is critical ad crucial to the last mile-long connection, has been kept shut down since the month of last March, keeping in the view of the Covid-19 epidemic, the DMRC plans to restart the service soon back again.
Anuj Dayal, executive director of corporate communications, DMRC, said, “DMRC is in the process of procuring 100 e-buses to further strengthen its feeder bus services. About 50 are expected to arrive in March or April and the rest will arrive within a year. ”
Air-conditioned e-buses will carry 22 passengers and will be equipped with CCTV cameras, GPS tracking system and display boards, Dayal said.
E-buses will operate on new routes north and east of Delhi. He said that the e-buses will also be under operation on the 10 designated routes – that will be five per set. Two of the e-bus operations agencies have already been completed.
The DMRC currently has 174 buses, operated by private providers, on about 20 routes to provide end-to-end connectivity in areas such as Dwarka, Azadpur, Badarpur.
With the introduction of 100 new buses, DMRC will have 274 feed buses traveling in 30 lanes. DMRC is also in the process of re-launching the feeder bus service in response to concerns from supplier service providers.
Workers say their pay has dropped after the Delhi government announced free rides for women on Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses last year – women are now giving feeder service a mistake, they say. Therefore, when Metro became operational on September 7, 2020, after a gradual reduction of global closure, the supply service would be restarted.
Operators have now asked the DMRC to provide financial assistance to recoup their losses. Prasanna Patwardhan, owner of Prasanna Purple Mobility Solutions, who works as a feeder, said, “It does not help financially to provide services. Due to the free movement of women on DTC buses, our income has dropped by almost 50%, as female passengers prefer DTC buses than feeder buses. In the current situation, it is not possible to run our services. We have asked the DMRC to provide financial assistance to help reduce losses. ”
Metro users want DMRC to restart supply services, especially in areas such as Dwarka and Vasant Kunj where there is a shortage of public transport.
Amit Aggarwal, a resident of Vasant Kunj and a member of URJA (RWAs organization in Delhi), said, “Feeder buses are an important means of transportation for Metro users. In our area, many people use it to access Metro stations and we need an inexpensive form of public transport. ”