Congratulations Kejriwal government! 99% of DTC buses running in Delhi are overage

New Delhi: 3,760 buses being operated by Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) have been declared 'overage'. This simply means that they have completed their age. According to media reports, this is the first time in the history of the state transport service, which began in 1971. The report said that 99 per cent low floor CNG buses have crossed their technical operational limit.

DTC comes under the purview of the National Capital Territory government, which has been ruled by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the past several years. The report says that when a bus is operating for more than 8 years, such buses are declared 'overage'. As per the contract of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), low floor CNG buses can remain in operation for a maximum of 12 years or up to 750,000 km. The poor condition of these buses can be gauged from the fact that none of these buses are less than 6-8 years old.

According to the report, only 32 buses are 8-10 years old. Apart from them, 3072 buses are 10-12 years old and 656 buses which have crossed the operating limit of 12 years and are still running. However, at present, as against 3,760 buses, DTC require 5,500 buses and the AAP government has even filed an affidavit in the Delhi High Court that Delhi needs about 11,000 buses. But now the problem of breakdown in these overage buses is also arising and at the same time, the number of daily trips is also showing a decline.

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