double decker bus demo pic
– Photo: Amar Ujala
After nearly 30 years, Delhiites are once again getting the chance to travel in double-decker buses. The Traffic Department has sent a proposal for 25 such double-decker buses to the government. After getting the approval, there is a plan to start the bus service during the G-20 summit. Preparations were intensified a few days ago after the Lieutenant Governor gave an order in the review meeting to investigate the possibilities for driving double-decker buses. Double-decker buses were introduced to Delhi’s roads in the 1970s. The crew cabin was initially separated from the passengers on two decks.
These were known as trailers. After a few years of change, in 1982, 20 biplanes were running from Srinivaspuri Depot (Okhla-1) Depot on different routes. In these, including Mudrika, Red Fort to Press Enclave, double-decker buses continued to operate on other routes until the early 1990s. But in the changing times, it was closed due to the decreasing usefulness and height of the bridge and footbridge built on the ring road.
Transport Ministry officials have sent the proposal of 25 double-decker buses to the Transport Minister. Possible itineraries are also provided for this, so that the guests from home and abroad can also have world-class transportation facilities in Delhi. Before then, National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) facility will also be offered in all Delhi buses. According to Transport Department officials, once approval is received, the double-decker buses will be taken off the road as soon as possible.
Runs only on selected routes
DTC’s Mudrika (double-decker) buses previously operated between Lajpat Nagar and Kashmere Gate. Due to the low height of the Salimgarh Bridge behind the Red Fort, the buses used to return to Lajpat Nagar from Kashmere Gate. Mudrika buses return to the same side of the road on Ring Road and return there. But because of the bridge, only single-storey buses can travel on this route. It is believed that before the G-20, double-decker buses will run only on those routes that do not have a low foot over bridges or bridges.
Previously, there were two conductors on the bus.
DTC’s double-decker buses used to have two conductors. Passengers were allowed to sit on both floors. There were conductors for different decks, so passengers would have no problem getting tickets. This provided convenience for the passengers. No passenger was allowed to stand on the top floor of DTC’s double-decker buses. Passengers were only allowed to travel standing on the ground floor in order not to upset the balance. The bus did not tip over once while sailing with the DTC double-deckers.