Gurgaon Gets Gurugaman Buses, Connecting Old With New
Travelling within Gurgaon is a challenge if you don’t have a vehicle of your own or your destination is far from a Metro station. Residents have to rely on shared autorickshaws that eat up a lot of time or on single autorickshaws that charge as they please.
However, all this comes to an end after the Gurugram Municipal Development Authority (GMDA) in collaboration with Gurugram Metropolitan City Bus Limited (GMCBL) launched the bus service, Gurugaman.
With each stop built to cater to a large number of commuters, this new service is going to be one of the key connecting mode for those travelling from old to new Gurgaon.
The GMCBL has launched four routes. On the first route that was launched on September 3, 25 non-air conditioned buses have been launched.
The newly launched fleet of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-run buses will run on a 12-km stretch covering major junctions, including Basai Chowk, Atul Kataria Chowk, IFFCO Chowk, Huda City Centre, Subhash Chowk and Hero Honda Chowk. This route will have over 51 stops.
Route 212 -
Route 215 (Harsaru to Dundahera)
Route 112 (Krishna Chowk Palam Vihar to HVPN Sector 56)
Route 222 loop (Krishna Chowk Palam Vihar)
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The frequency of the bus service will be 20 minutes initially and would increase when more buses are introduced in later stages.
The bus stops have also been built to cater to a large number of commuters. Of the 453 planned bus shelters, 150 have already been built. Five bus depots will also be constructed for these buses.
These buses will have an intelligent transport management system that would have technologies such as automatic vehicle location system, automated fare collection system, bus management system, GPS tracking, QR code reader and electronic smart card ticketing machine. The buses will also be equipped with CCTV cameras, stop request buttons and will have wheelchair ramps.
A rider will have to pay Rs 10 for up to the fifth stop, Rs 20 for a 6th-19th stop, and Rs 30 for trips beyond that. Those who book their tickets online will get a discount of Rs 2.
Travelling between old and new Gurgaon has been a challenge for city dwellers. This new lease of connect is also expected to be easy on the pocket for residents.
The GMDA believes that once the number of buses increases on various routes planned, people will use these services instead of private vehicles. This would help bring down the congestion on roads as well as the pollution levels.