Waiting for a bus is a tough task in Delhi’s heat. The national capital this year has seen temperatures soaring to a maximum of 44+ degrees. Here’s something that will give the common man on the street some relief though. Delhi on Wednesday got its first ever fully air-conditioned bus stand in south Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar, news agency ANI reported. The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi Government in collaboration with Daikin India under a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) made the task happen.
While the service is available only at one station, it can be definitely seen as one great chilling relief for the commuters in Delhi who wait for their buses to get to their workplaces in stiffling heat otherwise. “It is definitely a great relief. I really appreciate this move by the Delhi Government,” a commuter was quoted as saying by ANI. “This is one of the remarkable initiative implemented by the Delhi Government and this is great step to development,” said another commuter.
ANI reports that the service has been launched on an experimental basis, a well thought-out strategy for the company’s fresh phase of investment. The service can obviously be seen as a blessing in disguise for the heat-stricken passengers of DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) buses.
Heatwaves in the country have realy become a cause of concern in last few years.Indianexpress.com reports that over 4,620 recorded deaths caused by the severe weather condition in the last four years. The report, quoting Ministry of Earth Sciences data, says that nearly 1,600 people died due to erratic weather conditions. Among these, 557 casualties were to severe heatwave. Since last year IMD has started issuing heatwave alerts.