After six "successful" days of implementation of the odd-even scheme in the Capital as claimed by the Delhi government, the frequency of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses continues as before and commuters still wait endlessly at bus stops.
Transport minister Gopal Rai said the capacity of buses has been increased to 64 lakh as against 32 lakh with procurement of around extra 4000 buses but regular commuters said they have not noticed any extra buses on their routes.
"I travel by 33 number bus route from Bhajanpura to Yamuna Vihar daily. The frequency of this route was good enough and is still the same with no change or extra buses coming," said Nisha Jha, a commuter.
Another commuter, Hari Sharma, who takes bus number 740 from Anand Vihar said, "The bus service was normal on this route with the fleet arriving in 20 to 25 minutes. We are quite habituated to this. The situation is unchanged and I did not notice any extra buses as promised by the authorities."
In Noida where route number 355 plies till Anand Parvat, the metro continues to be the preferred mode of transport.
"I have a bus pass and I commute regularly by this bus. Though metro is more reliable on this route to go to Connaught Place, when it comes to additional buses, I did not find any. In the morning peak hour the frequency is okay, but at other times it gets difficult," said Geetika Vats, a commuter.
For another commuter Avantika Rani, who takes bus no. 392 or 398 to travel from South Extension to Noida, "The bus service was fine. There is no metro on this route, therefore I am dependent on bus. Autos charge too much. The service of this route was fine but it would have been great if the number was really increased."
Sangeeta Kumar, who travels from Bawana to Jehangirpuri by route 106 said, "Being a woman I was happy when I heard about the increase in number of buses. But my waiting time is same for the buses. There is no change in the number of buses, it is disappointing".
As the odd-even scheme began implementation, Rai had said 4000 extra buses were procured. Of these, 3000 buses were taken from school and are being run under "Paryavaran Bus Sewa" while an additional 1000 DTC buses are being taken from schools where they plied part time.