New Delhi, July 26 2021 || News Desk

Synopsis: Ch. Anil Kumar demanded an urgent probe into the tendering process for the purchase of new buses for DTC so that the fleet could be strengthened without further delay. He said that for the past few years, several tenders were floated and then cancelled, as it seemed that Chief Minister Arvind was looking for kickback in the bus purchase deal, which seems to have finally materialized in the latest tenders for the purchase and maintenance of 1000 new buses.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ch. Anil Kumar said that the Arvind Government has been fooling the people of Delhi by offering free ride to women in DTC buses, despite the fact that Delhi’s public transport has been running with a meagre fleet of 2800 buses, though the Capital needs over 11,000 buses to cater to the burgeoning population. He wondered how could free ride for women be possible if there were no buses?

 Ch. Anil Kumar said that when Congress left power after 15 years of rule, it had left behind a robust DTC fleet of over 6000 buses, most of them low-floor. He said that it was shocking to understand that as per the DTC Board, no DTC buses will be left on the Delhi roads by 2025, unless the fleet is beefed up on a priority basis.Ch. Anil Kumar said that the DTC fleet has deteriorated in the last seven years, ever since the Aam Aadmi Party came to power, as no new bus has been added to the fleet.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that there was huge corruption in the tendering process for the purchase and maintenance contracts of around 1000 DTC buses, and despite the Delhi Congress raising the issue repeatedly, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has not ordered any probe against Chief Minister Arvind. He said that for the first time in 70 years, DTC runs with an overaged fleet, with Chief Minister Arvind keeping mum about it.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that with the relaxation of the Covid guidelines for DTC buses, the cramped, limited DTC services will be a major spreading source for the Corona virus, as the fund-starved DTC will try to pack in as many passengers as a bus can contain, taking advantage of the relaxation of the  Covid guidelines.

Ch. Anil Kumar demanded an urgent probe into the tendering process for the purchase of new buses for DTC so that the fleet could be strengthened without further delay. He said that for the past few years, several tenders were floated and then cancelled, as it seemed that Chief Minister Arvind was looking for kickback in the bus purchase deal, which seems to have finally materialized in the latest tenders for the purchase and maintenance of 1000 new buses.

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