New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday flagged off 50 semi-low floor buses from the Delhi Secretariat premises, as a part of state government’s ambitious cluster scheme to boost the public transport system.

“The addition of these buses in the public transport system will contribute in coping up with the high demands especially during the rush hours. The aim is to offer maximum benefit to the people,” Dikshit said.

These buses will operate on Ring Road between the Teevra Mudrika and Punjabi Bagh crossing.

Vinod Kumar Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland said over 700 semi-low floor buses are likely to be launched shortly. “These buses will be brought under three, four and five cluster schemes”, he added.

“These buses will operate at the rate of Rs 35 per km. After including the construction and approval costs, the buses will cost Rs 31 lakh each ,” Pravin Nagpal, Chief Operating Officer, Ashok Leyland said.

According to the officials of Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) assigned for the cluster project, a total of 231 buses under 17 clusters in 650 routes will be introduced shortly.

The orange coloured semi-low floor buses are comparatively half the price of general low floor buses. Moreover, these buses are manufactured using electronic technologies and automatic escalator system to provide maximum comfort to the commuters.

Global Positioning System (GPS) is installed in these buses to monitor their routes. Moreover, their speed is controlled by computerized methods.