Augmenting Delhi's bus fleet

CSE's research on public transport crisis in the city, titled Waiting for the Bus, was well received by government agencies and triggered a public and political debate on the inadequacy of the bus services. The Delhi government has now decided to buy 3,000 buses for the city (1,000 under the Delhi Transport Corporation, 1,000 under the Cluster Scheme and 1,000 electric buses). A purchase order for 500 standard floor buses have been placed under the Cluster Scheme, while approval for another 500 is pending a court review. Through the EPCA, an intervention was made to ensure due diligence is conducted before the purchase of electric buses; consequently, a DPR was prepared and now Delhi government is pushing ahead with the procurement.