Ms Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, has flagged off 50 Ashok Leyland compressed natural gas (CNG) buses to ply in identified clusters in the city, at a function attended by dignitaries including Mr. Vinod K Dasari, Managing Director – Ashok Leyland. These front-engine, semi-low floor buses form the initial lot of a total of 700 such buses to be supplied by the Hinduja Group flagship company in the coming months.
Following the Delhi Government’s decision to award the 17 identified clusters (650 bus routes) of the city to private operators under the DIMTS (Delhi Integrated Multi-modal Transit System), Ashok Leyland demonstrated the performance and cost benefits of the front engine, semi-low floor arrangement – a pioneering combination introduced by the Company in 2006 in Mumbai.
Speaking at the occasion, Vinod K Dasari, MD-Ashok Leyland said, “It is a matter of great pride for all of us at Ashok Leyland to have partnered Delhi’s remarkable strides in public transport, right from the introduction of CNG buses or the more recent Ultra Low Entry (ULE) models.”
The fully built buses, compliant to Bharat Stage 4 (BS4) emission requirements, are being manufactured at Ashok Leyland’s Alwar plant in Rajasthan. Delivery would be done in a phased manner.
(This article compiled using information from an Ashok Leyland press release)
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