Hundred low-floor buses set to ply on Gurgaon roads from August 15
Hundred low-floor buses set to ply on Gurgaon roads from August 15
Vivek Avasthi
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Hundred low-floor buses set to ply on Gurgaon roads from August 15

The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has identified 11 routes on which 100 buses will start plying from August 15. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had announced the new bus services at the GMDA meeting held on January 31.

 “We have identified 11 routes for the 100 AC and non-AC buses which will start in August,” said Chander Shekhar Khare, administrator of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). The non-AC buses will be plying on eight routes -- Gurugram Bus Stand to Manesar, Harsaru to Dundahera, HUDA City Centre to Dharampuri, Sector 2 to Ghata Village, Basai Chowk to HUDA City Centre, HUDA City Centre to HUDA City Centre via Hero Honda Chowk and Railway Station, Gurugram Bus Stand to Farrukh Nagar, and Gurugram Bus Stand to Palam Vihar.

AC buses will ply on three routes that include Cyber City to Badshahpur, Gurugram Bus Stand to Ambience Mall, and Sector 56 to Dundahera.

The GMDA has also firmed up plans to construct 453 bus queue shelters, out of which 125 will be built by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and 328 will be built by the GMDA on these routes. It is proposed to construct all the bus shelters before the end of the year.

The board of directors of the Gurugram Metropolitan City Bus Limited (GMCBL) held a meeting on May 3 and took a decision to hire 100 low-floor AC and non-AC buses from a private company within the next three months.

Anand Mohan Sharan, Principal Secretary, Urban Local Bodies, Haryana, who chaired the meeting, said, “we aim to provide end-to-end public transport facilities to city residents for better mobility.”

“Even after three decades of the city’s rapid development — the city now houses a population that exceeds 25 lakh, not to mention 250 Fortune 500 companies — the condition of public transport continues to be pathetic. The government announced a new bus plan in February 2018, but so far it has failed to improve public transport,” said SS Rai, a resident of Daulatabad.

In the last three years, the Roadways Bus Depot of Gurugram has received a fleet of only six new buses, of which only one is an AC bus.

There are 90 intra-city Haryana Roadways buses. Eighty buses ply between Gurugram and Delhi and 40 buses ply between Gurugram and Faridabad. There are 250 interstate buses as well.

The GMCBL board of directors has also decided to start the process of selection of concessionaires for 100 electric AC buses and 100 non-AC low-floor buses.