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App-based Bus Service To Be Allowed In Delhi-NCR Region
To strengthen Delhi's public transport, the government will soon allow private operators to run buses on commercial routes in the Capital. The transport department of Delhi is working on a policy where they will allow the aggregator to take permit and run buses. These buses are currently running without any permit and like the app-based taxi, they are not controlled by any government agency. The passengers can download the app and book a seat for the route they want to travel on. Like app-based taxis, these buses are plying illegally. But they provide comfort to the commuters so they prefer travelling on these buses. Instead of banning them, they are planning to legalise them. Currently, these buses provide to and fro connectivity from Metro stations, mostly in Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad. Some of these also ferry workers from Gurgaon to Dwarka and vice-versa.Sources said that chief minister Arvind Kejriwal wants to review the policy and has suggested some changes in the draft. There are two things the government is planning - to introduce high-end buses and allow aggregators to run buses. Transport minister needs to take a final call on whether they will allow only existing aggregators or any individual can run buses. These buses will not run under the Delhi Transport Corporation but the government will fix the maximum fare. The operator and aggregators need to take permit from the transport department. It will work like radio taxi permit. The Government will just frame the rule and fare and the Buses will need to run on clean fuel and have safety features added.