Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal flags off 150 electric buses; free travel for 3 days
Kejriwal had flagged off twog flagship electric buses in January
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal flags off 150 electric buses from the Indraprastha Depot, commuters get free of cost travel for three days, starting today, an official statement said.
Delhi is going to equal the national record of inducting the most number of buses simultaneously with the addition of 150 electric buses to its fleet, it added.
Kejriwal had flagged off twog flagship electric buses in January.
The people of Delhi will be able to travel free of cost for three days from May 24 to May 26 in the electric buses plying on the roads of Delhi.
These buses emit zero smoke, have CCTV cameras, GPS, 10 panic buttons, ramps for differently-abled, etc.
Three depots at Mundela Kalan, Rajghat, and Rohini Sector-37 have been completely electrified and are ready to house these 150 new buses.
The 150 remaining buses are also expected to be inducted in the coming month, it said.
After being flagged off, these buses will run on major routes of Delhi, including Route No. 502 between Mori Gate and Mehrauli Terminal and the IP Depot -Connaught Place - Safdarjung - South Extension -Ashram - Jangpura -India Gate route.
The government also urged people to ride its e-buses, take a selfie, and post them with the hashtag #IrideEbus on their Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook handles. The top three entries will have a chance to win an iPad.
The transport department in an official communication on May 23 said, "All the officers and the operational crew of DTC may be informed accordingly and not to insist commuters for purchase of tickets, during the aforesaid period of 03 days in all pure electric buses of DTC."
A DTC official said free travel is being offered to encourage people to promote e-buses. "It's being done to motivate people and to spread awareness about e-buses. With the addition of 150 buses, the e-buses fleet will go up to 152," the official added.