The residents of the New Gurugram demanded the extension of the city bus route no.215 by 500 meters to ease the problem of public transport woes in the vicinity. In this regard, they have also written a letter to the Gurugram Metropolitan City Bus Limited (GMCBL), stating their issues.
If the bus route services is extended as per the demands, then the bus will cover additional three villages- Dhorka, Mewoka, and Hayatpur along with six other housing societies including, Siddartha NCR One in Sector-95, SARE Homes in Sector -92, Ansal Heights in Sector-92, Raheja Navodaya - Sector -92, AWHO in Sector -92, and GLS Avenue in - Sector-92. Currently, the bus number runs between Wazirpur to Dundahera and covers around 32 stoppages.
"We have written a letter to GMCBL and requested them to connect our society with the current bus route no. 215. A slight extension to the current route would benefit around 15,000 people living in the area," said Praveen Malik, President of Sare Homes.
The residents claimed, despite making several requests the GMCBL has done nothing so far. "In spite of knowing the growing population in the area, the civic administration should be proactive towards providing basic facilities of public transport. We have demanded the extension of the current route along with the initiation of a new route that will connect the metro stations, as there are many office goers working in various parts of the city and Delhi NCR." Malik added.
The residents informed that in 2016, a bus service was started between Sare Homes in Sector 92 to MG Road Metro Station, catering to the large population in the vicinity. However, it only lasted for six months and later it was discontinued.
In the absence of proper public transport, women feel insecure to commute alone. Vijaya Singh, a resident of Sare Homes said, "Our society is located at the outskirt, where not many options are available. Even cabs are not safe to commute alone these days. If the bus route initiated in our sector then it would benefit the residents greatly."
The residents claimed that due to the absence of proper public transport in the area, they are forced to walk long stretches or shell out money on cabs or autos. Rajib Bhattacharya, a resident of Siddartha NCR One said, "Due to lack of public transport, we are either forced to walk for around 2-3 km to avail public transportation or have to pay extra to cabs or autos. Families with only one vehicle are dependent on others as there is no other mode of transportation is available."
Meanwhile, Arun Sharma, General Manager, GMCBL said, "We have received several suggestions regarding the expansion and modification of the current city bus route. We are working on it and after a proper survey and considering the feasibility of the route, ridership, infrastructure requirement then we would be able to execute the same accordingly. We are planning to add more bus services including e-bus services in the coming future to boost public transport throughout the city."