New Delhi: After waiting for three months, the first consignment of cluster-1 (12 low-floor buses) has reached Delhi. The buses will ply on the roads within 10 days.

Once the orange buses start running on Delhi roads, the commuters will be able to enjoy benefits of DTC as well as blueline buses.

The State Transport Authority (STA) is engaged to roll-out the buses as soon as possible. The paperwork has started and the process of registration and permits will start in coming days.

The deadline to launch the buses ends on April 12 and the department wants to start this service at any cost. However, the basic infrastructure for maintenance of these buses has not been set up so far.

One dozen buses of cluster-1 have reached the Millennium Depot. The transport department claims to launch the service in time. According to STA secretary Ajay Chagti, the orange bus service will hit the Delhi roads within 10 days.

There are 231 buses in cluster-1 which will run on 32 routes of south Delhi. There are total 17 clusters comprising 4,400 buses that will ply on 657 routes.

Out of these, cluster 2, 3, 4 and 5 have been finalised and they will be arriving in this year. Transport Minister Arvinder Lovely had claimed the buses will go on roads in February.

JPN/Bureau