New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): Feeder electric buses services have been introduced for the first time in Delhi on a trial basis by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC) from 12th August 2021 under which 25 low floor e-buses (24-seater) will be plying from two routes.
The facilities of these e-buses can be availed by Delhi Metro passengers having a Smart Card or Metro DTC Smart Card. They can use their Smart Card to pay for the cashless travel since these buses are fully contactless and conductor less enabling entry and exit through turnstiles from the Bus by using the Metro Smart Card. The Metro Smart card is already in use in DTC buses for performing travel. No cash payment will be permitted. Services shall be available for Metro commuters only.
For buses starting from Metro stations, the entry of the passengers will be permitted only from the Metro stations and the bus will stop only at the designated stops for dropping the passengers. No entry of passengers will be permitted at other stoppages on the route. Similarly, for buses going to Metro stations entry shall be allowed from all stoppages en route but exit shall be allowed only at Metro stations. This is to ensure that only genuine Metro passengers use this service. Passengers will be allowed to enter from the front gate and exit from the rear gate of the bus.
Route No. MC-721: In the first route, the feeder electric buses will cover a total of 10.3 km distance and connect Shastri Park Metro station to Gokulpuri Metro station via Khajuri Chowk, Shastri Park, New Usmanpur, Nayagaon Village, Jagjeet Nagar, Kartar Nagar, Gamri Village, Arvind Nagar, Ghonda, Bhajanpura, Chand Bagh, Yamuna Nagar, New Mustafabad and Gokulpuri.
Route No. ML-05: In the second route, the feeder electric buses will cover a total distance of 7.7 km and connect Shastri Park Metro station to Mother Dairy via Shastri Park station Gate No-1, Metro Feeder Bus Depot, Kailash Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Shamshan Ghat, Geeta colony, Bank Enclave, Ramesh Park, Lalita Park, Lakshmi Nagar MS, Shakarpur School Block, Ganesh Nagar and Mother Dairy.
Fare structure for e-buses:
1. Rs. 10 for 0-4 kms
2. Rs. 15 for 4-8 kms
3. Rs. 20 for 8-12 kms and,
4. Rs. 25 for beyond 12 kms
Features of electric feeder buses
- These state-of-the-art e-buses are specially designed and equipped with an intelligent transport system with CCTVs and GPS availability.
- These buses are provided with an Anti-skid, anti-brake Locking system and will not move till all doors are closed. The doors will also not close on detection of any obstruction.
- For Divyangjans and elderly passengers, buses are also fitted with ramps and anchorage for the wheelchair.
- For handling any emergency situation, these buses are also equipped with a Panic button and a Stop request button.
- For the maintenance and stabling of these buses, dedicated depots have been also set up at Shastri Park and Majlis Park along with an operational control center to monitor them.
- There are 2.5 MW electric connections for the charging of e-buses. For regular cleaning of these e-buses, automatic wash plants have also been provided at both the e-Bus depots.
DMRC will be introducing 100 e-feeder buses in all by the end of October 2021 in a phased manner for enhanced last-mile commuting experience to the public from 14 Metro stations covering a total of 10 routes.