Come June and local buses will shift to mobile apps in Delhi

bus-appGoing extra mile to woo the people who commute daily by public transport, the Delhi Government has announced that it will be launching an app-based AC bus service beginning June.

Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai announced this recently stating that the government is on the move to introduce app-based AC buses under an aggregator scheme.

People face a lot of problems in commuting, and they experienced this specially during the odd-even phase II.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Cabinet have already given their node to the scheme which will be accessible from 1 June, 2016. “The decision to this effect was taken by the Delhi cabinet on April 29, and the registration of private buses under the scheme will start on June 1. The government will come up with a similar aggregator scheme for taxis,” the Transport Minister said.

“We are often asked what alternative we can give to those who leave their cars behind. The last time (first phase of odd-even), car owners used DTC buses to travel but many have found it difficult to do that in this heat. The Metro has also seen increased rush. Keeping that in mind, we will launch app-based premium AC bus services in which two CCTV cameras, WiFi, GPS, fire-extinguishers and first-aid kits will be mandatory,” Rai added.

The Minister said that bookings of seats on these buses will be made through an app, and the list of passengers will be frozen five minutes before the bus departs. “These buses will not turn into Blueline buses because they would compete to pick up passengers on the streets. These buses will accept only app-based bookings, and there will be no standing passengers,” Rai noted.

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