New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today sought
response from the city government and its transport department
on an allegation that the manufacturers of low-floor buses
have failed to comply with the safety standards before plying
on city roads.
A Division Bench of Justice A K Sikri and Justice Reva
Khetrapal sought the response from them by August 31 on an
application filed by amicus curiae alleging that the low-floor
buses were unsafe and the transport department was to acquire
more than 600 more of them in view of Commonwealth Games
scheduled in October.
Senior counsel Kailash Vasudev and Anup Bhambani appeared
before the bench and alleged that the officials of transport
department have failed to verify as to whether the bus
manufacturers complied with the safety norms or not before
The lawyers said CBI investigation is on against some
officials from the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT),
which certify buses about compliance of safety norms.
Taking suo-motu cognisanace over the repeated road
accidents by blueline buses on city roads, the High Court
directed the government to phase out them and replace with new
buses after installing the Global Positioning System.