Yes, Delhi Transport Corporation boasts of 11,000 buses (1000 odd are the red coloured Air- conditioned ones with slightly higher fares to ease the pain of suffering in the proverbial Delhi heat and dust in summer) to bridge the divide between number of passengers and buses. But a new dawn seems to have awakened, Orange coloured buses! And 316 of them are already in service? The DTC website provides very poor information, all fumbled with typical bureaucratic red tape. News reports state that more people will be able to avail the clean , safe and reliable bus service provided by the orange colored Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) will monitor these buses on behalf of the Government of Delhi. The government’s concessionaire for cluster 2 is Indraprastha Logistics Private Limited which provides the fleet and drivers. Although there are supposed to be 37 clusters planned under this system, only clusters 1,2,3,5 are operational. Private buses are prone to rash driving as want to pick up passengers first; so avoid if possible.
The two new orange bus routes will have 8 buses each:
Route No 405: Badarpur Border to Mori Gate via Ashram, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Zoo, Pragati Maidan Metro Station, ITO, Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid and Red Fort.
Route No 405A: Badarpur Border to Old Delhi Railway Station via Ashram, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Zoo, Pragati Maidan Metro Station, ITO, Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid and Red Fort.
So, the only thing more positive could be that more people will visit the Zoo this year; which of course is of its kind in the world. However, 20 new orange buses are also supposed to roll out on route No: 460 are also supposed to be on the roads by next month from Badarpur to Minto Road terminal, taking passengers from the Badarpur border to New Delhi Railway Station Gate-II, providing some comfort to those who need to travel by rail.
Special Features: The semi low- floor, GPS equipped buses will feature announcement of approaching stops and electronic ticketing machines for convenience and will have routes displayed on electronic boards on the front, back and left hand sides.
Taxis: Although the Taxi services are good in most parts of Delhi with the induction of so many services available and the charges are automatically known to passengers and can be confirmed by telephone, you still need to book early as the taxis arrive at least 45 minutes after booking. The biggest problem is that you can’t “hail a taxi” on the roads as in most cities of India and world wide. Although there are metered taxis or radio cabs too, even so, it is better to book first by phone. Metered cabs cost around Rs. 15 per kilometre which is 10% higher; but you know what you have to pay, so this option should be more preferable if you dislike bargaining.
Autocratic Autos: Autos are different breed altogether – even though you are supposed pay strictly by meter, or charts if fuel price hikes suddenly take place (even though they run on CNG like all buses in Delhi), Auto users are often left to the mercy of the autocratic whims of auto drivers; especially during rush hours.