Delhi to enjoy free rides on DTC’s e-buses for three days, starting Tuesday

In a bid to encourage people to use public transportation, the Delhi government has decided to offer free rides on its 150 e-buses for three days, starting from Tuesday. Buses will be discontinued on May 24th.

The Delhi government has always been pushing people to switch to greener modes of transportation and switch to electric vehicles. Shifting to public transportation, especially sustainable modes, is a lifestyle change that we would like to see in the people of Delhi…I have traveled in it in person and now you can also ride in these buses which is synonymous with no pollution, no noise and maximum comfort said Transport Minister Kailash Jahlout for the Indian Express.

The e-buses will be launched into the IP depot by Gahlot and will be routed through the city. Currently, There are only two electronic buses in the city.

The Department of Transportation has also advised all DTC officials and conductors not to force passengers to purchase tickets during this period. “…the relevant authority has decided to allow free travel for all bus passengers on all DTC’s “pure” electric buses from May 24 to 26. All DTC operational officers and crew may be informed accordingly…,” the official order read on the website By Vineet Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, DTC Secretariat.

Gahlot added in a tweet: “Tomorrow is a great day for all Delhiites! Arvind Kejriwal will park 150 new electric buses and open 3 new electric depots. Come ride for free on our electric buses for the next 3 days, rest and also get a chance to win an iPAD.”

The new e-buses will be air conditioned and have state-of-the-art facilities such as CCTV cameras, ramp facilities, panic buttons and space for wheelchairs. They will also have pink seats reserved for female passengers. It will also have a live video feed in case of emergency and a fire detection and suppression system.

Officials said that these buses will be directly monitored by the central command control room. The Delhi government currently operates 3,670 buses under the DTC and 3,033 buses under the Cluster Bus Service. The government also aims to add an additional 5,000 buses to the city’s fleet.

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