Delhi set for public transport overhaul with last-mile connectivity to suburbs
Providing buses in remote areas, reducing bus waiting time to five minutes, feeder buses for last mile connectivity – these are some of the steps that will be part of the bus route rationalization plan for the Delhi government.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday chaired a high-level review meeting to expand bus connectivity to all corners of Delhi through route streamlining.
Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot was also present at the meeting with senior officials from relevant departments.
In order to put the recommendations of the route rationalization study into practice, the Department of Transport presented a roadmap to the Chief Minister at this meeting, a government statement said.
Through this presentation, it was shown how bus services could be extended to the still uncovered urban and rural areas of Delhi, as well as how residents of any part of the city could travel from part to part. other in a cost and time efficient manner after ”rationalization”.
During the meeting, several other modes of transport were discussed such as electric rickshaws, auto rickshaws, taxis, international bus routes, RTV and DMRC feeder routes for last mile connectivity . interstate bus lines, better ISBT utilization and overall infrastructure upgrade.
One of the ideas suggested connecting 13 busiest transport hubs in and around Delhi, including major railway stations, Connaught Place and ISBT with Delhi’s central business district with a 5-frequency bus service. 10 minutes away.
Bus service to rural districts that still lack public transport has also been guaranteed, according to the statement.
For last mile connectivity from metro stations, the government will provide feeder service.
Furthermore, the meeting suggested that Delhi’s connectivity with the NCR will be significantly improved.
If the recommendations are put into practice, any passenger in Delhi will be able to access the bus service within a 15-minute window within a radius of 500 meters.
According to this study, Delhi’s current bus coverage, measured by the standards of 15 minutes and 500 meters, is only 49%. With rationalization, it will be increased to 90 to 95%, according to the study. All Delhi routes will now be categorized into four groups.
The first will be the intercity network, consisting of 27 super intercity routes and three central business district traffic routes. Buses will run every 5-10 minutes in this area.
There will also be a mainline, with buses running every 10-15 minutes inside.
The third service network, where buses will run every 15 to 20 minutes, will be the secondary network.
There are around 7,200 buses operating on 625 bus routes in Delhi. Similarly, 799 buses run on 72 Mini/RTV lines. There are 14 routes for maxi taxis, with approximately 120 cars traveling along each route.
As a result of the study, buses will now run every 5-10 minutes on 274 of the 625 regular bus routes and will continue to run on the remaining 351 routes in the same manner as they currently do.
The number of standard buses will increase from 7,200 to 8,494 in the near future. Mini-Midi buses will also be operated on 120 routes, totaling around 2,000, providing last-mile connectivity.
Similarly, 480 buses will run on 44 routes as part of the metro food service. The study categorizes the 274 standard bus lines into several groups.
There will be 30 main roads included in this study, five of which are new. The large network will include a total of 154 routes, including 18 new routes. The secondary network will have a total of 65 lines. Additionally, 12 new routes will bring the total number of NCR and airport routes to 38. Bus service will be drastically increased in the outskirts of Delhi and its remote areas. Residents of the suburbs of Bawana, Narela, Burari, Najafgarh and Chhatarpur, for example, will have access to the bus service. The government will operate mini and midi feeder buses at these locations, he added. The number of people using the bus service in high-density middle-class areas made up of various socio-economic groups was also observed in the study.
In 15 localities in Delhi, 25% of the population belonging to the low-income category uses public services.
As a result, utilities are overloaded with work at stops in some Low Income Group (LIG) areas.
At these public transport stops, it is necessary to reinforce the number of buses. A large number of people use public transport stops at Bawana/Narela, Mundka, Delhi Cantt Charge-4 & 6, Pusa, Kapashera, Kishangarh, Aya Nagar, Kashmere Gate, NDMC Charge-3, Nizamuddin, Trilokpuri, Sarita Vihar , Chhatarpur, and Bhati.
Similarly, 15 middle-income regions were discovered where 30-70% of the inhabitants use public services.
Buses running on routes serving the Middle Income Group (MIG) area are therefore more overloaded.
West and South Delhi are home to many of these MIG neighborhoods.
Ashok Vihar, Peeragarhi, Rajouri Garden, Tilak Nagar, Connaught Place, Bijwasan, Malviya Nagar, Kirti Nagar, Vivek Vihar, Chandni Chowk, Daryaganj, NDMC Charge-6 Amar Colony, Greater Kailash One and Shahpur Jat are some of the neighborhoods identified . in this category.
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