'Cluster' headache for DTC

The Delhi transport department is adding to DTC's woes by implementing bus cluster scheme


Shivani Chaturvedi | November 3, 2010

The November-end deadline for the start of the bus-cluster scheme seems to have added to the Delhi transport corporation's (DTC) woes.

Under this scheme, the government has roped in private entities to manage 60 percent of the services in the city.

However, the bus drivers and the conductors will not be outsourced. DTC has to arrange for the same.

The transport body is already facing a shortage of drivers. Presently, it has 12,000 drivers while it needs atleast 5,000 more.With the Blueline buses gone and the shortfall in staff, especially drivers, the bus scluster scheme is not well-rimed for DTC. However, commuters' concerns need urgent attention, feels the transport body.

DTC officials say that a recruitment drive is on to hire at least 3,000 more drivers.



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