Delhi government on Monday assured the Supreme Court that 3,000 buses would be procured within eight months in a phased manner, including 1,000 electric buses which would be rolled out by July, to augment the public transport system in the capital.
As the state government failed to meet the deadline of December 31 to increase the fleet of buses to 10,000, its counsel Wasim Ahmed Qadri requested a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta to grant more time to comply with the order.
The number of buses running on Delhi roads is only 5,400 against the requirement of 10,000 and the Supreme Court had last year fixed a deadline of December 31, 2018 to increase the fleet of buses.
There are 1,275 low-floor AC buses, 2,506 low-floor non-AC buses, 101 green standard-floor non-AC buses and 1,672 orange-coloured standard low-floor buses.
Quadri told the Supreme Court bench that it was not possible to purchase a large number of buses in a short time as it was also difficult for the automobile company to manufacture them on short notice. He added that the government is taking all steps to augment the fleet of buses and it would be done in a phased manner.
The government said 1,000 buses would be rolled out in May in the first phase and in second phase another 1,000 buses would be inducted in September.
In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the Delhi government said 1,000 electric buses would be rolled out in July.