To provide affordable accommodation options to tourists visiting the city, Delhi Tourism and the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday to redevelop bus depots and allow budget hotels, retail outlets and passenger amenities, among others, to come up there.
DTC has initially identified six bus depots, at Vasant Vihar, Sarojini Nagar, Sriniwaspuri, Kalkaji, Nehru Place and Raja Garden.
Delhi Tourism believes the concept will help create more budget hotels in the city and help in optimum utilisation of space in the heart of the city. “This initiative is a step forward towards providing affordable living options in the heart of the city and will help in making Delhi a tourist friendly destination. Tourists will have options to choose from budget hotels in areas other than Paharganj,” an official said.
The city has over 40 DTC depots. If the project takes off, the government will look at extending it to other depots. Delhi Tourism has already met with stakeholders related to budget hotels to discuss the idea with them.
“The response to the concept has been positive,” the official said.
According to officials, depots cannot be located outside the city as it will lead to ‘dead miles’ — buses will not ferry passengers during the trip from the depot to the first bus stop. “We need depots within the city, which is becoming increasingly difficult. Which is why we have mooted the idea of multi-storeyed depots as we need six acres of land for parking 1,000 buses,” the official said.