Sikri and Suresh Kait dismissed the plea of the Blueline
operators seeking the renewal of their licences, they were reticent to place the blame for Delhi's unsafe roads entirely on the Blueline
TRANSPORT minister Arvinder Singh Lovely never tires of talking about the Blueline
buses in posthumous terms and how the demise of the fleet, which became notorious for reckless driving, would make the city roads safer.
The Delhi government had approved the cluster bus services in south, south east and south west Delhi while planning the phase- out of Blueline
buses, transport department officials said, adding that Star Bus Pvt Ltd has been awarded the contract for the first cluster in south Delhi.
Shyam Lal Gola, secretary of the Blueline
Operators Association, said he was not aware of the proposal.
Interestingly, Indraprastha Logistics limited is a consortium of nine Blueline
bus operators and their extended families.
A DAY after the Delhi High Court refused to stay the Blueline
phase- out, the Delhi government informed the court that the private buses were six times more accident- prone than the state- run DTC buses.
The ( transport) department feels the public transport system is more than adequate to cater to the ridership even if all Blueline
buses go off the road," senior advocate K.
Our present strength is more than the combined strength of DTC and Bluelines
THE " KILLER" Blueline
buses appear to have hit their last stretch after a controversial journey of 18 years.
On Wednesday, government sources confirmed that transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely had sought the opinion of his department's officials as well as those of the Delhi Transport Corporation ( DTC) on induction of Blueline
buses under the kilometre scheme.
However, the same rowdy drivers who are behind the wheels now would be driving the DTC- monitored Bluelines
It is hoped that induction of these private buses would replace the Bluelines
and work in tandem with the Delhi Transport Corporation ( DTC) fleet of approximately 6,500 buses.
Short of ideas and unwilling to accept the systemic flaws, the government, in a decision that defied logic, painted these buses blue and re- introduced them as Bluelines
in January 1994.
The state cabinet and the transport department had decided to make a decision on phasing out the Bluelines
around October 25 -- the day when the notification keeping them off the roads expires.
Around 1,600 Bluelines
buses were taken off the Delhi roads during the Commonwealth Games.