NEW DELHI: An increased focus on last-mile connectivity through mohalla bus services will be a major feature of the state budget for 2023-24, sources in Delhi government said. Attention will also be on upgrading the city’s transport infrastructure.Delhi Assembly’s budget session began on Friday. The government is likely to table the state economic survey and the outcome budget on Monday, while the annual budget will be presented on Tuesday.The budget is likely to announce the launch of a dedicated last-mile connectivity scheme called Mohalla Bus Service. Sources in the transport department said that the government would purchase over 2,000 of the smaller, 9-metre buses, similar to the ones used by Delhi Metro for feeder services. These would connect the localities of Delhi with metro stations and important transport junctions to improve connectivity.“There are areas where the regular buses cannot enter because of narrow lanes. To fill this gap, Delhi government will be induct smaller vehicles. We have floated tenders for around 2,000 smaller buses. Last-mile connectivity is our priority,” said a senior official.The transport department plans to run these buses judi online not only on Delhi Metro feeder routes, but also those which, according to studies undertaken by the department, needed better connectivity. Senior officials in the department said a scientific study of the timing of passenger traffic would be done, based on which the routes would be identified for bus allocation.An official said that idea was both to bridge the last-mile gap and check pollution by deploying electric buses. “The 9-metre buses being procured will ensure both these things while boosting public transport. Their routes will be designed in a way to connect the interiors of the city with metro stations,” he said.The government also plans to strengthen and modernise Delhi’s transport system to world class standard as part of its infrastructure push. Over 1,500 zero emission e-buses will be inducted in the capital next year, making Delhi’s e-bus fleet one of the largest in the country. This will be part of the state budget, according to sources.Delhi’s public transport infrastructure is set to be modernised to bring it at par with global standards with the development of several inter-state bus terminals with airport- like amenities, multi-level bus depots and bus terminals, the official added.