Long gone ‘double-decker’ and ‘Hop on Hop off (Ho Ho)’ buses will again start looking at the Delhi roads next year ahead of the G20 summit to be held in September 2023. Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena held a ‘double-decker’ and ‘Hop on Hop off (Ho Ho)’ buses next year as Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena has planned a high-level meeting with all cabinet ministers, including Transport minister Kailash Gahlot, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, and Raaj Kumar Anand, Chief Secretary, and other department officials to monitor and inspect the ongoing preparations. Read SURFACES REPORTER (SR)’s complete report below:
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The Delhi government is planning to brick back the double-decker buses, named “Siuvidaha’ bus services, which were used during the 1970s and 80s when the DTC was under the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. Delhi Transport Corporation has already sent the proposal to procure the double-decker buses to the transport department and to conduct a feasibility test to analyse whether these will be apt for Delhi roads. The central government agency Convergence Energy Services Limited has allocated 100 e-double-decker buses and 1,500 e-buses under the grand challenge.
The Ho Ho bus service in Delhi was begun during the Commonwealth Games 2010 by Delhi Tourism & Transportation Development Corporation Ltd ( DTTDC) under its ‘Delhi Darshan’ scheme.
During that time, 20 special Ho Ho buses were inducted. These buses allow tourists and visitors to travel to 21 locations, including iconic monuments and other spots with a single-day pass of Rs 499. But in 2019, the number of Ho Ho buses was reduced. In 2020, the Delhi government again planned to revive the bus but Covid19 hindered it.
The G20 summit is the conference of 19 nations and the European Union. India will host 200 meetings in 32 different sectors in multiple locations across the country.
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