New Delhi: Come this Thursday and passengers will enjoy free internet on the Airport Express special bus service by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).

With all the legal tangles removed and if everything goes smoothly, the internet service will commence from April 7 in two air-conditioned buses. The service will be on trial basis for 20 days and later the internet Wi-Fi system will be installed in all the buses.

Around 54 Airport Express will run on eight Delhi-NCR routes. Touch screens will be installed at the back of every seat with free access to internet. The responsibility of the internet system has been entrusted upon IBB, which also provides services to Bengaluru’s BMTC buses.

Volvo buses have been put into place for Airport Express Line in Bengaluru, whereas low-floor buses of marcopolo body are chosen for the service in Delhi.

Once the service is launched, it will give respite to passengers. To access the internet, the users will have to see a 10-minute advertisement in the beginning and then they will be able to use internet through touch screen.

Presently, the air-conditioned low-floor buses are running on Noida, Ghaziabad (Indirapuram), Anand Vihar, ISBT, Kashmere Gate, Rohini, Azadpur and Gurgaon to IIT routes. This service is generating nearly Rs 4.50 lakh income daily.

In-charge of the Express Service, V K Gautam, said that it is double benefit for the DTC as the commuters can avail free internet service and secondly that the company, which is providing the facility, is paying Rs 4, 000 per bus every month to the corporation.

The DTC doesn’t have to pay a penny.

Apart from airport line, the buses will ply on few VIP routes. Presently, passengers can reserve their seats a month before in the buses. According to a DTC official, despite having the Airport Metro Line, there is no effect on the bus service.

JPN/Bureau