The Transport Department was directed by the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to set up a committee to fill the gap between the existing and the requirement of the state-run buses through the creation of an “App-based AC Bus Services” aimed by the formulated policy on Friday.
The sources mention that the policy proposed is as same as the app-based premium bus service some time back that was informed by the government of Delhi but due to the then LG (Lieutenant Governor) Najeeb Jung, it was stuck down. The source further adds that as instructed by the Arvind Kejriwal, a committee will be made to formulate the proposed new procedure, the meeting will be held on January 1 to modulate it.
The bus aggregators according to the policy were supposed to have an individual app for instance Uber and Ola while permissible to be decided on their own fare, schedule trips and routes to be displayed on their individual apps. The scheme was supposed to cater only the AC buses and the aggregator for getting the license from the TB (Transport Department) had to operate minimum 50 vehicles. In the month of June, the TB (Transport Department) wasn’t given any approval from Mr Jung’s side for commissioning of the scheme.
The disapproval was considered after a grievance from Vijendra Gupta, the leader of opposition in the Delhi Assembly and the BJP MLA; with regards to this, a case was registered by the ACB (Anti-Corruption Branch) under sections of PCA (Prevention of Corruption Act). The matter was raised in the Assemblage and under the special session later, it was concluded that the scheme will be open for all private players of transport who will willingly be a part of the mentioned service, explains another source.