Delhi Premium Bus Service Scheme:- The Delhi Motor Vehicles Licencing of Aggregator (Premium Buses) Scheme, 2023, envisions a premium intra-city bus service with higher fares than other buses, including those owned or run by the state government’s Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), no standing passengers, and app-based bookings.
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What is Delhi Premium Bus Service Scheme
Delhi government will introduce high-end private buses in the nation’s capital, with seats on these vehicles able to be reserved using smartphone apps. This is part of a strategy to entice car owners to use public transport. There are currently 7,379 public buses operating on more than 600 bus routes in Delhi, including 300 electric buses (3319 cluster buses and 4060 DTC buses).
Details of Delhi Premium Bus Service Scheme
|Name of the scheme||Delhi Premium Bus Service Scheme|
|Initiated by||Delhi Government|
|Objective||Mobile apps will be used by passengers to reserve seats on these buses|
|Benefits||The Scheme will lessen traffic on Delhi roads|
Features of Delhi Premium Bus Service Scheme
Following are the features of Delhi Premium Bus Service Scheme:
- The State government will make the Capital’s public transport “comfortable, safe and punctual” if it wants middle-class and upper-middle-class residents to minimise the use of private vehicles.
- This service is the first-of-its-kind city bus service in the country that will allow people to book their seats from a mobile app.
- The fare for these buses will be greater than for other Delhi Transport Corporation-owned or managed buses because. These buses will not have any standing passengers. Additionally, women will not be permitted to travel these buses for free.
- There won’t be any free trips for women on the premium buses.
- These premium buses will be operated by private companies instead of the government and will include WiFi, CCTV, GPS, a panic button, and other features.
Who can operate the buses?
According to the scheme, private aggregators who have paid a licence fee to the Delhi government will operate the buses. Only CNG and electric buses that are under three years old are permitted to operate in the premium bus service. The licence price for the electric buses utilised in the service will not be charged.
Earlier Routine of Buses in Delhi
White line buses operated in Delhi between 2000 and 2012, connecting fixed locations inside the city as well as between Delhi and Noida. They were private buses that followed a directive from the government. They followed a set itinerary and were incredibly well-liked by people going between Noida and Delhi as well as office commuters.
Because Whiteline buses were stage carriages, they made all of the stops along the routes that were specified. There were initially about 700 Whiteline buses, which were more luxurious and high-quality than standard buses. The installation of the Metro and low demand during off-peak hours, among other factors, led to a decline in the number of buses and their off-roading later on.