New Delhi: Delhi`s `killer` Blueline buses,
which earned notoriety for over-speeding, will go off the
roads from Tuesday in tune with a deadline set by the city
government, which on Monday said the ambitious cluster bus service
will be launched next week.
Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said the
government has no intention to extend the deadline, which
expires today, and maintained that the Delhi Transport
Corporation will be able to cater to the transportation needs
of the people in the capital.
Today is the last day for 840 Blueline buses, which were
given permission to run after December 14 when the government
extended its deadline for shunting out of the buses as part of
efforts to streamline the public transport system in the city.
"The deadline ends today. From tomorrow, no Blueline bus
will ply on capital`s roads. There is no need for extending
the deadline," Lovely said.
"Why should we?" asked Lovely in reply to a question
whether the deadline will be extended.
He also said the ambitious cluster bus service to be run
by corporate entities will be launched next week.
Transport Commissioner RK Verma said the cluster bus
service will be launched with 50 buses anytime between
February 7 and 10 along the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor
in South Delhi.
"The cluster bus service will be launched in South Delhi
area between February 7 and 10. Initially, 50 buses will be in
service in the area. We are confident of increasing the number
gradually," he said.
Verma said the 840 Blueline buses have been given notice
to surrender their permits by today.
"If any vehicle is found running from tomorrow, we will
impound it," he said.
He said the Transport Department has made elaborate
arrangements to check whether Blueline buses are plying on
roads from tomorrow.
Officials will keep a watch on vehicles and squads will
be posted at important junctions to impound such vehicles.
"The Blueline buses have almost disappeared from South.
They are plying only in East Delhi and other areas. Steps will
be taken to ensure that these buses don`t ply," he said.
The Transport Department is confident that DTC will cater
to the needs of the people with a fleet of 6,200, including
3,575 low-floor buses.
Verma said the DTC would include 500 buses in its fleet
from tomorrow so as to facilitate people`s travel.
The Delhi Transport Department last year had divided
nearly 650 bus routes in the city into 17 clusters, which
included both profitable and non-profitable routes and had
decided to give each cluster to a private operator through
The city government had awarded the first cluster to Star
Bus Services Pvt Ltd.