22 Amazing Facts About DTC Bus Service Even Delhiites Are Unaware Of

1. In 1948, the Indian government took over the then inadequate bus service operator, Gwalior and Northern India Transport Company Ltd, and renamed it as Delhi Transport Service.


2. Delhi Road Transport Authority was formed under the Road Transport Corporation Act, 1950.

It became part of MCD in 1958 as Delhi Transport Undertaking.


3. Finally, in 1971, control of DTU was transferred to the local state government.


4. Today, the DTC bus service is the largest CNG-powered bus services in the world.


5. It employs around 18,000 people.


6. A DTC conductor tears off the ticket at two places: One, at the point where you board, and, two, your destination point.


7. The orange coloured buses are not operated by DTC.


8. You will have to go to the conductor to get a ticket in a DTC bus.


9. The DTC fleet operates Tata Marcopolo buses. Tata Marcopolo is a JV between Tata Motors of India and Marcopolo S.A. of Brazil.


10. The red colour bus is fully air-conditioned, while the green one is non-AC.



11. A three- or four-digit number at the top centre of a DTC bus ticket indicates the route number of the bus.

It could, however, be wrongly printed!


12. The Delhi-Lahore bus service is operated by DTC in India.


Bus Service


13. The DTC also operates the Delhi-Kathmandu bus service.


14. An in-house magazine called ‘Dipani Patrika’ is published by the DTC.


Dipni Patrika


15. DTC has 77 properties spread across Delhi. Most of them are terminals or depots.


16. At 2,08,369 sq metre, the DTC’s Millennium Park Depot Complex in East Delhi is the largest bus depot in the world.


17. The maximum fare chargeable is Rs.25 for AC buses and Rs.15 for non-AC buses.



18. Around 3100 DTC buses ply on the roads of Delhi on a daily basis.


19. A total of 773 routes are covered across Delhi.


20. The DTC also has a bus exclusively for sightseeing under their ‘Delhi Darshan’ plan.

But even as Rs.100 is charged for children, they are not entitled to seats.


21. There is a computerized bus pass system. The pass holder gets an ID card along with the pass.


22. There are around 500 women employed as conductors with DTC.


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