HC asks Govt to submit policy on bluelines by Nov 15

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New Delhi, Oct 11 (UNI) Delhi High Court today asked Delhi Government to submit by November 15 its policy on withdrawing rampaging blueline buses.

Hearing the reply from the state government on how to withdraw and phase out the bluelines, the Division Bench headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal and Reva Khetrapal ordered that the seized bluelines would not be released. Also that there will be new buses as replacement, they added.

The counsel for the state government submitted before the court that a policy on withdrawal of blueline buses would be put up for their kind perusal on November 15.

However, the state had not got answers for most questions asked by the high court. For example, they could not reply as to how many blueline buses had been owned by either MLAs or police personnel.

Besides, the court expressed surprise that only one-third of the Blueline buses were found to have been fitted with the mandatory speed governors.

The court also ordered owners of blueline buses to submit affidavits about their sources of income. Warning them not to manipulate the figure, the court dropped hints to check them through the income-tax department.

It showed signs of increasing exasperation among the judges with the blueline bus owners. It explains the court asking for active involvement of people's representatives called traffic wardens. There will be only 1000 traffic wardens initially. The number could increase upto 5000 later, the court added.

UNI

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