New Delhi: Justifying its decision to
phase out blueline buses, the city government Thursday informed
the Delhi High Court that the private buses are six times more
accident prone than state-run DTC buses.
"Blueline buses cause more accidents than other mode
of transport. While one person gets killed per 180 DTC buses,
the figure is alarmingly high for blueline buses which is
around one death per 33 buses. It is six time more than DTC
buses," senior advocate K T S Tulsi, appearing for the city
The blueline operators, however, contended that the
figure is misleading and people of the capital would face
hardship if their buses are taken off the road.
"Buses are not available from the companies. So it is
not proper to phase out blueline buses as the DTC would not be
able to procure sufficient number of buses from the
companies," senior advocate V P Singh told a bench headed by
Justice A K Sikri.
The hearing would continue on Tuesday.
The bench had yesterday turned down bus operators`
plea seeking extension of permits of one-third of the 2000
`killer` bluelines which lapsed as the city government
informed it that public transport system is "more than
adequate" to cater to the people after their phase out.
"The department feels that existing ridership of the
public transport system is more than adequate even if all
blueline buses go off the road," Tulsi had said, adding that
the killer buses need to be phased out as they are a threat to
the safety of pedestrians of the capital which amounts to
violation of their fundamental rights.
"The total ridership capacity of all modes of
transport comes to 14.7 million as against the estimated
population of 18 million, one third of which are non-working
either on account of old age or house wives or children," he
had further said.