New Delhi, Oct 27 (UNI) Over 40 victims of Blueline buses along with members of Delhi's largest RWA combine URJA today sought intervention of Lt Governor Tejender Khanna on what they termed a systemic failure of the state Government to rein in the Buses and improve the transport mess in the city.
Holding placards before the LG house at Raj Nivas Marg saying "Self-regulation kills" and "CM's inaction kills", victims held a silent protest seeking the direct intervention of the LG on the issue.
''We had petitioned the LG in August seeking his intervention in the situation because we could see that the Chief Minister was neither interested nor capable of solving the problem. The LG's office offered us a terse line asking us to refer the matter back to the Delhi Government. Today, two months later and 20 deaths later, we want to know what action he intends to take now,'' said Major [Retd.] Rohit Sethi, of URJA West Delhi.
''The LG enjoys the supreme position in Government in the state of Delhi. This position carries with it a responsibility to intervene when the Government fails. We are demanding stringent action from him to save our lives,'' said Atul Goyal of URJA Central Delhi.
Rajesh Verma, Convenor of the Blueline Victims Association said that victims were going from pillar to post seeking help and assistance and the Government, far from helping them out, was playing games with bus operators through absurd schemes like self regulation.
''This self-regulation is a farce and it will continue to kill, as it was doing earlier,'' he said.
People's Action has termed the LG's earlier idea of appointing wardens as belated and ad-hoc.
''The LG could have sounded an alarm that could have saved at least 20 people from death had it been taken when we represented him in August and beseeched him to take some action,'' said Col. [Retd.] D.K. Shandilya, Gen. Secretary People's Action.