Blueline buses not to ply in Lutyens` Delhi

Delhi government has decided not to allow blueline buses, taken off roads during Commonwealth Games, to ply in Lutyens` Delhi while a decision on whether to bring them back in other areas will be taken in a day or two.

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2010, 20:07 PM IST

New Delhi: Delhi government has decided not
to allow blueline buses, taken off roads during Commonwealth
Games, to ply in Lutyens` Delhi while a decision on whether to
bring them back in other areas will be taken in a day or two.

Transport department officials said the step has been
taken as part of government`s resolve to phase out the
Blueline buses from the entire city.
Just ahead of the commencement of Commonwealth Games,
government had banned plying of 1,600 Blueline buses in
south and central Delhi and near the venues of the Games till
September 25.

Officials said government will take a decision on
whether to allow the buses to operate again in these areas in
a day or two.

"A case is going on in Delhi High Court. So we will
have to take permission of the court also before taking a
final decision on the issue," they said.

Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said government
was fully committed to phasing out the Blueline buses as the
state-owned Delhi Transport Corporation now has adequate
number of buses to meet the requirements of Delhiites.
Delhi Government has been planning for the past couple
of years to phase out the Blueline buses, which are notorious
for over-speeding, but was not able to do in the absence of an
alternative plan.

The Delhi High Court had stayed the government`s move to
phase out these buses in February this year arguing that the
DTC alone was not capable to meet the requirement of public
transport.

Transport Department officials said that the absence of
Blueline buses not only decongested the roads but there has
also a decline in the number of road fatalities during
the period.

PTI