Issue of safety in public transport system cannot be confined to Blueline
Chief minister Sheila Dikshit once famously said she would rather walk than board a Blueline
The decision is significant in the wake of the government's blanket ban on Blueline
buses cause more accidents than other modes of transport.
operators opposed the government stand and contended that there has been drastic decline in the number of accidents involving the buses.
IT'S NOT the end of the road for the killer Blueline
buses in Delhi.
The Delhi transport department will not renew any Blueline
permit from Tuesday.
A transport department official said the Blueline
bus owners' lobby appeared to be putting pressure on the government to prevent the phase- out of the fleet.
The government apparently is buying the bus operators' claim that if Bluelines
are taken off the roads from December 14, public transport in Delhi will take a major hit.
Incidentally, Indraprastha Logistics is a consortium of nine Blueline
operators and their families who were operating close to 125 buses in the Capital.
Until October 15 this year, the 6,000- strong DTC ( Delhi Transport Corporation) buses were involved in 37 fatal accidents, but Bluelines
were involved in 65 such accidents with just one- third the fleet.
The process of phasing out the Bluelines
has already been delayed because the bus owners had approached the Delhi High Court.