Discontinue DTC bus services due to poor upkeep of buses
Shivani Chaturvedi | August 18, 2010
The sheer negligience of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) authorities is making the transport body lose its hitherto committed cleinst - the schools, both public and private.
Schools have been since long complaining against the poor upkeep of the buses they hire. These buses oare plagued by mid-route breakdowns. The corporation, instead of getting a long-term repair solution, gets a little tinkering done to keep such buses running till the next breakdown.
About an year ago the DTC was running almost 1300 buses for schools but presently the figure has come down to somewhere 800.
One of the city schools Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has engaged private bus operators just because DTC often fails to provide proper service.
“We are running both DTC and private buses because there are frequent incidences of breakdown in DTC buses and it goes up during the monsoons,” complain school authorities.
The earning from school buses is approximately 10 lakh per day. The buses operate for Rs 40 per /km. And the expenditure on each bus is just Rs 20.
"The corporation is losing chunk of its committed business", admits a DTC officer, " furthering the losses which already figure at Rs 30-40 crores a month."
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