New Delhi: The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) is planning to resume its inter-state bus services for Delhiites. Under this scheme, DTC buses will cover distance of 200-250 kilometres.

The Corporation has issued tenders in this regard and the pollution free buses will be either purchased from Leyland or Tata.

Apart from this, another scheme for the introduction of Volvo buses on inter-state routes is on the cards. These state-of-the-art buses to ply on the long routes will be operated by Euro-4 diesel.

According to sources in Transport department, before Commonwealth Games DTC inter-state service buses ran on diesel, which were withdrawn during the Games. These buses used to ply on Chandigarh, Haridwar, Jaipur and nearby states routes.

After they were withdrawn, people in the national capital are dependent on Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan Roadways bus service.

Sources also reveal the cost of one standard CNG bus is around Rs 18 lakh. To increase its gas capacity, these buses will have an additional CNG cylinder thereby taking the cost up to Rs 20 lakh.

The 53-seater buses are expected to run within two months. Meanwhile, 100 Volvo buses will be purchased for the longer routes in the range of 600 to 700 kilometres which will carry passengers to Jammu, Lucknow, Udaipur, Jalandhar and other cities.

JPN/Bureau