Delhiites may soon be able to book a reserved seat in an air-conditioned bus through a mobile application. The bus will pick you up from near your home as per your convenience and provide Wi-Fi and other amenities on board as it takes you to your office. In the wake of Covid-19 outbreak, the transport department has revived its plan of starting app-based premium bus services in the city, the Times of India mentioned in a report.

“Though number of public transport buses has gone up in the last one year, their carrying capacity has reduced drastically due to stringent social distancing norms as part of safety measures,” the publication quoted a Delhi government official as saying. At present, a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus is allowed to carry only 20 passengers at any given point of time.

“The premium bus service, which was first planned in 2016, aimed at weaning away commuters from personal vehicles to buses. Thanks to booking through app or online, commuters would be assured of a seat and wouldn’t have to face the hassle of driving in rush hour traffic either,” the official said. 

The publication citing sources said that two meetings on starting the premium bus service have already taken place and in the next meeting, which is scheduled in the next few days, the proposal is likely to get the nod. 

These buses are likely to start operation in the next two months. DTC is likely to rope in a developer for creating a mobile application that will function as an aggregator. The buses may be of different sizes and there will be no standing passengers. The buses will have CCTV cameras and will be monitored through GPS from the department’s control room, the daily mentioned.

Inputs Included from TOI and Times now news.

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