Trying to take on the cab aggregators, Delhi government has announced that it’ll launch app based bus service in the state starting from June 1st. This decision is also in support of the odd-even scheme currently working in Delhi, according to which, vehicles with numbers ending with a odd digit are allowed to be on roads on odd days and vice versa. This move is also seen as a decision to provide an alternative way to the general public against the surge pricing by the cab providers in Delhi. The government has been vocal against the increased pricing during peak hours for quite a while now.
To get on board with the government’s scheme, the operators will have to get at least 50 buses on the roads. In a statement issued by Gopal Rai, Transport Minister in the Government of Delhi invited the cab aggregators also to join the initiative, however, he added that they will have to comply with the guidelines set by the government.
Under the proposed initiative, all the buses will be Air-Conditioned with amenities like WiFi, CCTV camera and GPS. The users will be required to download the app and they will be able to book the seats before the departure. The bus drivers will not be able to onboard any other passengers on the way who have not booked through the app.
Talking about the pricing, Rai added that the operators will have the right to set the pricing, however, there will be an upper limit prescribed by the government. The main aim of this initiative is to encourage the car drivers to use public transport to reduce the traffic as well as the pollution which has been increasing at an alarming rate in the country capital.