Tata Motors has won yet another order from the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) to supply 1625 ultra low-floor buses, and their maintenance for 12 years. The contract is valued at Rs.2200 crores, comprising about Rs.900 crores for the 1625 buses, and about Rs.1300 crores for the 12-year maintenance contract for these buses.
This is the second consecutive occasion that the DTC has entrusted Tata Motors with its prestigious order, aimed at revamping the city’s transportation system. The first such order by the DTC in 2007 for 650 such buses was won by Tata Motors, and the company fulfilled the order in batches, as per schedule, in 2008.
As has been seen in the Tata Motors buses already plying in Delhi, these ultra low-floor buses make entry and exit extremely convenient, with passengers almost walking into them, rather than climbing. A pneumatically deployed automatic access ramp makes it particularly convenient for those with special challenges, who can even come in with their wheel-chairs. Wide twin doors, at the centre and the front, permit three individuals to simultaneously enter and exit.
The interiors are spacious. The seats are ergonomically designed, and the corridors wide enough for easy movement. Special features include a communication system connecting the driver to passengers and electronic destination board.
The engine, at the rear, reduces noise, heat and vibration levels, while also increasing interior space. Full pneumatic suspension and automatic transmission further add to a comfortable ride. Tata Motors will be responsible for the maintenance of these buses for 12 years.
Success of Tata Motors ultra low-floor buses in Delhi is encouraging other cities to consider similar transportation solutions.