New Delhi, Aug 3 (PTI) The Delhi government will soon seek public comments on a policy to introduce premium buses for commuters to motivate them to ditch their vehicles and take public transport, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday.
The Chief Minister chaired a high-level meeting here to kick off work on Delhi’s motor vehicle licensing scheme for aggregators (premium buses).
The scheme will encourage motorists to switch to next-generation premium public transport and reduce pollution and intra-city travel, according to a government statement.
“The app-based aggregators will use state-of-the-art next-generation buses equipped with all modern facilities to appeal to those who drive their personal cars,” Kejriwal said, according to the release.
“All buses will be air-conditioned CNG or electric buses to BS-VI standard. All buses introduced under this program after January 1, 2024 will be electric only. All buses will be seat-only, equipped with app support, CCTV and panic buttons, and integrated with the One Delhi app to book rides and make digital payments,” he said. .
During the meeting, officials presented Kejriwal with a detailed plan for drafting and implementing a policy as per the program.
This project will serve passengers who want a public transport service that meets high standards of quality, comfort, convenience and efficiency, the statement said.
During the meeting, Kejriwal asked the transportation department to start working on the project and draft a policy for it.
Once drafted, the policy will be submitted to public opinion and notified accordingly for implementation.
Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot was also present at the meeting with senior officials from relevant departments.
“Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal gave an update on the app-based premium bus service soon to be launched in Delhi. Premium bus service will be introduced as a suitable option for private vehicle users so that more and more people can use public transport,” Gahlot said in a tweet.
According to the statement, each licensed aggregator under the program must operate and maintain a fleet of at least 50 premium buses to be operational within 90 days.
The aggregator will be able to determine the bus lines.
“These routes must be notified on the mobile or web application. The aggregator must notify the transport department when starting any new route or modifying / terminating any route.
“Seven days’ notice must be provided to the Department of Transport and the general public before any changes are made to existing routes,” the statement said.
Aggregators will be able to determine “appropriate dynamic” fare structures for route destinations, he said.
The rate must be displayed on the mobile and browser-based application. Passengers will be able to obtain tickets only through mobile and browser-based apps and no physical tickets will be issued.
Aggregators will need to put in place a grievance mechanism and ensure that there is a mandatory panic button on mobile and browser-based apps.
There should be at least two active CCTV cameras in each vehicle during the trip, with the aggregator having the option of operating mini/midi or standard size buses.
The Transport/Police Helpline number (42400400) should be displayed.
CNG buses operated by aggregators must not be more than three years old, according to the release.
The aggregator will need to provide proof of adequate overnight parking space for all buses, as they will not be permitted to park vehicles in public spaces.
“The aggregator and permit holder shall pick up and drop off passengers only at notified bus queuing shelters. Fees for using bus queuing shelters must be paid separately. Any bus station additional stop shall be provided by a one-stop mechanism established by the Ministry of Transport,” the statement added.