New Delhi: The Cluster Bus Service, most ambitious project of the Delhi government to make its transportation system more robust, is running into loss to the tune of lakhs of rupees per month.

Earlier, the state government had made 17 clusters for running the cluster buses, each comprising profitable and non-profitable routes, and decided to run them on Public Private Partnership.

For a better regulation, the service was brought under the Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System (DIMTS), which is a joint venture company set up with equal equity of the state government and Infrastructure Development Finance Company.

It was decided that a total 3927 buses would be run under the cluster scheme with 231buses for each cluster. Contrary to the plan, only 100 buses are running on the roads of Delhi under the Cluster Bus Service.

However, the Cluster Bus Service is causing an estimated loss of Rs 40 lakh per month to the government exchequer.

To overcome the losses, DIMTS has made a strategy to run 50 buses in those routes where DTC is already providing better services.

Explaining the strategy to overcome the losses, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) Employees Congress president Ramesh Chandra Vats said a demand has been made to bring cluster buses under DTC.

(JPN/Bureau)