Delhi’s App-Based Premium Buses
Seat reservations are now set to take place prior to departure as the path is paved for the implementation of the Premium Bus Aggregator Scheme in Delhi, following the issuance of a notification.
Similar to how residents of Delhi-NCR currently book cabs, autos, or bike taxis via mobile apps, the ability to reserve seats on premium buses for travel within Delhi will soon be available. Following approval from LG VK Saxena, the Delhi Government’s Transport Department issued a notification on Tuesday, signaling the green light for the implementation of the mobile app-based premium bus scheme. The application form format is also released, allowing private bus aggregators interested in participating to apply for licenses. The licensing process is expected to commence soon, after which premium buses will commence operations in Delhi under this new scheme, offering commuters a comfortable mode of transportation between locations.
Under the scheme, the Transport Department will issue licenses to operators interested in running buses, while the operators themselves will determine routes and fares. The government anticipates a shift from personal vehicles to buses, improving traffic flow, reducing road congestion, and mitigating pollution in Delhi.
– Operation of comfortable luxury buses with amenities
– Issuance of licenses to bus operators
– Requirement for each license holder to operate and maintain at least 25 luxury buses
– Mandate for buses to be air-conditioned with features like CCTV cameras, GPS, and Wi-Fi
– Prioritization of seating, with no standing travel allowed
– Seat reservations through a mobile app, similar to flight bookings
– Mandatory digital payment for fare transactions
– Buses picking up passengers only from designated locations, proceeding directly to destinations
– Fixed departure and arrival times
– CNG buses in the scheme must not exceed three years in age
– Post January 1, 2025, only electric buses integrated without license fees
– Route decisions left to bus operators based on market demand
– Focus on running more buses in high-demand areas
– Dynamic fare structure adjusting based on seat availability
– Premium bus fares not falling below the peak fare of DTC AC buses