Urban InfrastructureHop-On-Hop-Off (HOHO) Bus Services – Delhi
A Delhi Tourism Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC) initiative, IL&FS’s Urban Mass Transit Company Ltd. (UMTC) together with Prasanna Purple Mobility Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (PPMSL) were mandated under a competitive bidding process to procure, operate and maintain the buses for the HOHO service. For the first time effective September 2010 the Capital city saw the start of the service
Sightseeing tours are popular in cities all over the world that are rich in heritage and have other tourist attractions, making it easy for a visitor or a tourist to explore a city within a stipulated time. While organized tours are expensive, rigid and need definite planning well in advance, “Hop-On Hop-Off” Bus services prove their worth in providing sightseeing options to tourists who are willing to explore a city in a more relaxed and flexible schedule.
Hop-On Hop-Off” Bus Tours, also often known as Loop Tours are organized by the city/private authorities in which specially designed buses move around a fixed circuit or route continuously allowing tourists to board or alight at any of the pickup/drop off points. Hop on Hop off buses have particularly gained immense popularity in cities like London, Paris, Rome, Sydney, Vienna etc. that are rich in heritage or have abundant locations that are popular amongst the visitors/tourists. All major capital cities of the world have popular “Hop-on Hop-off” Bus services providing tourists with a quick overview of the city
UMTC is successfully operating and maintaining the HOHO Bus Service in the city of Delhi. Apart from being the Capital of the country, it is one of the largest cities in India with a fusion of the ancient and the modern
UMTC is a joint venture between the Government of India, Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), set up to facilitate the design, development and implementation of sustainable urban mobility solutions. UMTC has been responsible in the overall planning and implementation of the HOHO project which includes the preparation of a detailed financial and operational plan justifying the viability of the project, conducting surveys to assess the rider-ship of the service, finalisation of the route in accordance with the most attractive tourist spots in the city and the design and development of ‘HOHO’, an entirely new brand of service
The HOHO Bus Service has 14 fully air conditioned and environmentally friendly buses that run on CNG fuel. The buses used for the service are low floor buses with LCD Information display screens, large gazing windows, and in order to create a distinguishing impact and attract maximum visibity to the service the buses have multicoloured exteriors. The buses operate for 12 hours a day from 8:00am - 8:00pm, 365 days of the year. They run at a frequency of half an hour covering 19 of the most attractive tourist spots in Delhi which include Humayun’s Tomb, Purana Quila, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, Red Fort etc.
The HOHO Bus Service is a new concept and it is intended to take this concept to all major cities of India in the near future
The Launch of HOHO Bus Service by Honorary Chief Minister, Delhi Smt. Sheila Dikshit on 27th September 2010
The Hop On Hop Off Information Centre located at Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi, which is also the Starting Point of the HOHO Bus Route