The Delhi government is going to operate premium buses for intercity operations
DTC planned to introduce high quality premium buses on longer routes. The board approved implementation on NCR routes less than 200 km, including electric or CNG buses.
For the intercity bus operations, covering more than 200 km, DTC will deploy Bharat Stage (BS) VI buses. All buses will be equipped with CCTV, GPS, panic buttons and more, making long-distance commuters easier and safer to travel.
To encourage the use of electric two-wheelers by DTC employees, the board has also approved free charging facilities at DTC depots. The two-wheeler segment is one of the priority segments of Delhi’s EV policy.
The Delhi government is already offering a purchase incentive of Rs 5,000 per kWh of battery capacity with a maximum incentive of Rs 30,000 per vehicle (two-wheeler). DTC employs a workforce of nearly 38,000 in the city who work in depots and headquarters.
Moreover, the employees will be able to get a loan from financial institutions set up by Delhi Financial Corporation (DFC) as per the stipulation of Delhi EV Policy 2020. To make the entire process hassle free for the employees, the board approved the provision for the repayment of the loan amount directly from the salary of the employee.
In another decision, the Board of Directors approved extending the benefit of three national holidays to DTC contract employees. This comes after the recommendation of the committee formed in June 2022.
Commenting on the development, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said, “While new premium buses under DTC will bring convenience to commuters taking longer journeys, the free charging facilities for electric vehicles and the benefit of three national holidays for contractual employees our commitment to providing the best facilities and services for our staff and associates.”
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