In the last Budget, the Delhi government wanted to boost public transport by introducing 3,000 buses. This time, it seems it has dropped the ball altogether.
As against 8.4% of budgetary allocation last year, this time, transport has received 11%. For transport alone, Rs 3,056 crore has been earmarked while for the `transport and road infrastructure’, the allocation is Rs 5,506 crore. But the government hasn’t committed itself to getting more buses, other than adding a measly 736 buses to the cluster network and funding Phase IV of Delhi Metro.
The DTC bus fleet , which is down to 3,800 buses, needs force multipliers, while the cluster scheme got just 450 new buses last year against the target of 1,000.The new Budget, apart from the buses, promises Rs 100 crore to develop 11 depots. More info