January 24, 2019
3900 DTC BUSES TO BE FITTED WITH GPS LATEST BY MARCH 2019, SAYS ITS MD AT PHD CHAMBER
Admitting that the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has not been evolved and transformed with the help of technology over the years, its Managing Director, Mr Manoj Kumar, however, on Thursday claimed that the remaining operational fleet of DTC buses numbering 3900 would be well equipped with GPS facilities latest by March 2019.
Speaking at a Multimodal Transportation Conclave-2019 under aegis of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today in which the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ms Leena Nandan was the Chief Guest, Mr Kumar informed that 1600 DTC buses are well facilitated with GPS facilities currently.
The effective operational strength of DTC buses presently stand at a number of 5500 in present context and serious efforts are on so that the remaining 3900 DTC buses are fitted with GPS facilities latest by March 2019 to make sure that the safety of its commuters is ensured completely, pointed out Mr Kumar.
He, however, also informed that the DTC has undertaken a pilot project as per which route rationalization plan for the Najafgarh region is achieved within the deadline of next few months in which not only DMRC but also other stakeholders like Gramin Sewa and the like are equally involved.
The Managing Director regretted saying that on account of multiple constraints in the past, the uses an applications of technology could not be applied for evolution and transformation of public transport within DTC. However, with changing times, their use to upgrade the public transport is becoming imperative and right efforts are being put in for adoption of technology for the intended purposes, concluded Mr Kumar.
Additional Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ms Leena Nandan in her inaugural address informed that the government of Assam has already provisioned a landscape of 200 acre to make for a logistic hub at Jogighopa to the Centre that would enable to transport the agri and horti produce of entire North East to the mainstream as also for export purposes. The groundwork to making this as one of the critical logistic hub is progressing on a faster pace, she said.
The Additional Secretary also informed that the Centre in collaboration with all States and UTs is trying to develop the land parcels owned by the State Transport Corporations as Bust Ports which could be used by other stakeholder to smoothen the passenger traffic movement. The experiment is based on the facilities created at different Air Ports which are used by all entities either from passenger movement viewpoint as well cargo movement, she indicated.
In his welcome remarks, Senior Vice President, PHD Chamber, Mr D K Aggarwal said that a coordinated approach is required to oversee all infrastructure projects take off and implemented as per meticulous planning and processes.
Among others who were present on the occasion comprised Chief Advisor & Chief Executive Officer, National Centre for Cold-Chain Development (NCCD), Mr Pawanexh Kohli; Chair, Roads, Ports & Other Infrastructure Committee, PHD Chamber, Mr Ashish Wig and its Principal Director, Dr Ranjeet Mehta.
Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal