· Delhi Cabinet approves procurement of 1000 CNG low floor buses by DTC
· Cabinet also approves award of concession to the successful bidders of 650 Low Floor CNG buses for cluster services
· Cabinet nod to close down Rajghat Coal plant and convert it into 5000 KW capacity Solar Park
· Delhi to have 9,500 buses plying on the road by May 2020
CHIEF MINISTER’S DIRECTIONS:
Under strict instructions from the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, following is the schedule for bringing 4,000 new buses on Delhi roads to take the number of total fleet to around 9,500:
The schedule was announced by the Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot after the cabinet meeting.
Right now Delhi has around 5,500 buses plying on the roads (DTC & Cluster). The 1,000 Standard floor cluster buses will start coming from July itself and the full delivery would be completed by December this year.
Tender for 1,000 electric buses has been done and will be opened on August 02. All the 1000 electric buses would be on Delhi roads by April 2020 starting from January 2020.
Of the 1,000 low floor cluster buses which are to be added to the public transport fleet of Delhi, cabinet today approved the proposal to award of concession to the successful bidders for 650 buses. Work will be awarded in 15-days. The tender for the rest of the 350 buses will be opened on July 19, 2019. These 1,000 low floor cluster buses will start coming from December 2019 in batch of 165 every month and will be completed by April 2020.
“The Cabinet decisions taken today are a major boost for the public transport. With the decisions taken today and those taken earlier and in pipeline, Delhi will have 9,500 buses plying on the roads by May 2020; an addition of 4,000 buses in the current fleet of Delhi’s public transport. The first batch of the buses will start coming in July 2019 and it will continue till May 2020.”
He further said, “The proposal for the procurement of 1,000 CNG low floor buses by DTC was also approved by the cabinet today. These 1,000 buses will come on Delhi roads between January and May 2020.”
Announcing an environment friendly decision taken by the cabinet, Sh. Sisodia said, “The Cabinet approved the proposal to officially close down the Rajghat Coal Plant. The 45-acre area plant will be converted into a solar park with the capacity of 5,000 KW. Delhi Government decided to close down the production at the coal based plant in 2015 as it was a major source of pollution. Delhi Government has been pushing for Solar energy for quite some time now”.
Procurement of 1000 CNG low floor buses by DTC
The Cabinet on Thursday approved the procurement of 1000 CNG low floor buses by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). DTC will call separate tenders for comprehensive Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) for maintaining these buses.
Award of concession to the successful bidders of 650 Low Floor CNG buses for cluster services
The cabinet also approved the Department of Transport proposal for the award of concession to the successful bidders of 650 Low Floor CNG propelled air-conditioned buses for three clusters for which bidding was carried out by the Transport Department.
For the remaining 350 buses the necessary formalities will be completed very soon and according to directions given by the Chief Minister, the schedule for bringing these 1,000 buses on roads is from December till April.
Rajghat Coal plant officially closed, to be converted into 5000 KW capacity Solar Park
The Cabinet also gave nod to the proposal to officially close down the Rajghat Coal Plant, which is non-functional since 2015. The plant will now be converted into a 5000 KW Solar Park.