THE KILLER Blueline
buses got a reprieve on Thursday with the Delhi High Court allowing them to continue to ply on Capital roads, till the expiry of their permits in June 2012.
were removed temporarily during the Commonwealth Games.
Drivers of DTC low- floor buses are as bad as the Blueline
The Delhi government is considering running the killer Blueline
buses for the Metro feeder service, sources in the transport department said.
Unlike the Bluelines
, these buses would strictly follow the time table, a transport department official said.
The new system is expected to end the Blueline
rat race on crowded roads to pick up more passengers that used to kill hundreds of people every year.
The department feels that the existing ridership of the public transport system is more than adequate even if all Bluelines
go off the road," Tulsi said.
THE DELHI High Court on Wednesday refused to give any relief to Blueline
buses associations that had moved court seeking an extension of permits to ply in the Capital.
However, on Tuesday, they said the Bluelines
would be gradually phased out, with January 31 being their last day.
The issue of phasing out the Bluelines
has been a long- drawn battle between the government and the bus operators who've gone to the court several times.
But considering the propensity of Bluelines
to snuff out lives on the city's streets, they are not broaching the issue in public.
The sources said the government has proposed a " kilometre scheme" that would allow the Bluelines
to operate again.
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.