Delhi government set to launch electric mohalla buses for last-mile connectivity.
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Delhi government set to launch electric mohalla buses for last-mile connectivity.

1,000 electric mohalla buses to serve east, north-east areas, and rural parts of New Delhi, with plans to increase up to 2,000 depending on the success.

NEW DELHI - The Delhi government is set to launch its electric mohalla buses by the end of this month as part of an ambitious plan to improve last-mile connectivity in densely populated areas of the city. The mohalla buses, which are 9m long and air-conditioned, will serve the east, northeast, and rural parts of the city in the first phase of the cluster scheme. The buses will offer free service for women and connect metro stations and commercial centers with different neighborhoods.

According to officials from the transport department, a survey is currently underway to identify the most suitable routes for the buses. The mohalla buses are slightly shorter than the regular 12m-long vehicles and will fill the connectivity gap in areas where 12m buses cannot operate.

Transport officials are currently analyzing various factors such as passenger load, available space, and frequency of buses required in different areas. The survey is still underway, and the final routes for the electric mohalla buses will be determined only after the analysis is complete. The list of proposed routes will then be submitted to the transport minister for approval, and the final decision on the routes will be made accordingly.

The Mohalla bus scheme is part of the Delhi Budget 2023-24, which has allocated 33,500 crores towards bus services this fiscal year. Initially, the government plans to run 1,000 buses under the scheme, which may later increase to 2,000 depending on its success.

This move is expected to significantly improve public transport connectivity in Delhi’s densely populated areas, especially those with weak public transport connectivity. The shorter length of the buses will allow them to operate in areas that were previously inaccessible to larger buses.

In the near future, the fare collection system in the Mohalla buses will be integrated with the rest of the public transport system. This means that the common mobility card, also known as the One Delhi card, will be accepted as a mode of payment in the Mohalla buses. The transport department conducted a scientific route rationalisation study last year and devised a comprehensive set of last-mile routes. These routes will connect all the major roads of Delhi’s Metro and bus network with residential areas, commercial complexes, and habitations.

Currently, Delhi has a total of 7,379 public buses, including 300 electric buses that operate on at least 600 bus routes. By the end of 2023, the number of electric buses in the city is set to increase to 1,900, making it the largest fleet of electric buses among all states. Of the 1,900 buses, 1,800 will be 12m-long vehicles, and the remaining 100 will be 9m-long mohalla buses.

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