New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday reserved its order on the city government`s plea not to permit the blueline buses to come back on the roads.
A division bench of Justice A K Sikri and Suresh Kait reserved the verdict after hearing arguments from the government counsel as well as private bus operators.
Appearing before the bench, standing counsel Najmi Waziri submitted that public safety is the paramount objective of the government and as of today it has enough fleet to meet the requirement of public transport.
The lawyer claimed introduction of 2000 low-floor buses last year has given a big relief to the public and phase-out of blueline bus has drastically reduced the number of accidents.
Seeking the court not to allow the bus operators` plea to run their buses on the roads till the government implements cluster system, he said the government has more than 6,500 buses in its fleet to meet the requirement of public transport and 4000 more would be added in a phased manner.
The blueline bus operators argued that till the implementation of cluster system by the government, the private buses should be allowed to ply on the roads and their participation in the allotment of clusters also be allowed.
Following repeated accidents, the High Court had directed the government to remove the blueline buses and the government has phased out out most of the bluelines and a few buses were still allowed to ply in other areas till substitute was found.
Taking suo motu cognizance over repeated road accidents involving blueline buses in October 2007, the Delhi High court had directed the city government to phase out the blueline and replace them with low-floor buses.