NEW DELHI: Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, announced the government's new strategy to introduce a "quality bus service" in an effort to promote the usage of public transportation.
The CM announced it on Wednesday, saying that the government wanted to offer a good, high-quality bus service so that people might stop driving their personal vehicles and take the public transportation instead.
The CM said that the government held a meeting with the Transport Department to talk about how to use the current fleet. How can Delhi's current bus fleet be used most effectively? Do we need any additional buses? How can all transport modes be integrated? I spoke with senior transport department officials today about the "Route rationalisation" idea. We'll shortly ask the public for feedback on the matter," he wrote on Twitter.
The Chief minister said, the government would consider feedback from the general population and the programme will be app-based.
"We want to offer excellent premium bus service so that individuals will give up their private vehicles and choose the public transit instead. App-based bus aggregator plan was discussed with the transport department. We'll ask the people for their opinion on the matter "Kejriwal stated in a another tweet.
The Delhi administration has, however, taken such a plan into consideration before. It had previously approved a similar proposal in May 2016, but it was never implemented since Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung's permission was not obtained. This proposal was also mentioned in 2017 and 2018, however it did not materialise due to a number of limitations.