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No renewal of licences of `killer` blueline buses: HC

The Delhi High Court has asked the NCT govt to implement the cluster bus scheme.

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday said
that the permits of `killer` blueline buses in Delhi will not be
renewed after their expiry and asked the NCT government to
implement the cluster bus scheme to ensure a hassle-free
public transport system.

A division bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said that
despite the expiry of permits of 1700 blueline buses in recent
times, the commuters have not faced major difficulty.

On whether the blueline operators have got a right
to renew licences, the bench said, "The answer is negative".

The court accepted the submission of the Delhi
government that various modes of transport systems including
metro facility, low-floor buses, the gramin sewa vehicles and
metro feeder service were available for the commuters and they
had face no difficulty in the absence of blueline buses.

"There is no requirement of blueline buses on city
roads. Keeping in view the changing scenario, there is no
reason to extend the permits of the blueline buses," the court

It, however, allowed 328 blueline buses to ply on the
roads till the expiry of their permits.

The bench directed the government to implement the
cluster system in a time-bound manner.

It also directed the city government to frame
guidelines to systematise and streamline the public transport
system by accepting the suggestions given by the amicus curiae
in this case.

During the course of hearing, amicus curiae and senior
counsel Kailash Vasudev had suggested the drivers should be
well-trained before they get into the service.

It was also suggested that at a time not more than
three buses should halt at a bus stop. He had also suggested
that the Delhi Police should monitor the traffic in the manner
they did during the Commonwealth Games last year.

Taking suo motu congisance of a fatal accident in 2007
involving a blueline bus in which eight persons had lost their
lives, the High Court had directed the city government to
phase out the blueline buses and replace them with low-floor


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