Commuters relieved as Delhi, UP end dispute, sign transport accord

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New Delhi, Jun 2 (UNI) Putting an end to years of inconvenience suffered by thousands of people travelling between Delhi and Noida and other areas of the NCR region in Uttar Pradesh, the two governments today signed a ''historic'' draft inter-state transport agreement to allow free movement of vehicles.

Buses coming from Noida and other NCR places falling in Uttar Pradesh can now go up to new places in Delhi like the Airport, Central Secretariat and New Delhi Railway Station touching major points like Nehru place, Vasant Vihar, Badarapur, Mehrauli, Ashram CGO complex, Pragati Maidan, Shivaji stadium besides the three inter-state bus terminals.

Similarly, DTC buses will have hassle-free entry and movement in Noida and other NCR areas of Uttar Pradesh.

Though some restrictions on movement of buses had been withdrawn informally when the new government took over in UP last year, the situation has been legalised with the new accord.

Both UP Transport Minister Ram Achal Rajbhar and his Delhi counterpart Haroon Yusuf described the agreement as ''historic'', saying it would bring a much-needed relief to thousands of commuters.

The last interstate transport agreement between Delhi and UP had been signed in 1985 which was unilaterally revoked by the UP government in 2000. Since then, interstate movement of commercial vehicles of the two states into each other's territory had been carried out on the basis of informal dialogues between the two governments.

The new agrement which was reached after several rounds of talks between UPSTRC and DTC officials.

Ms Sunita Narain and Mr Bhurelal, Members of the Environmental Pollution (Prevention&Control) Authority for National Capital Region (EPCA) appointed by the Supreme Court hailed the agreement as a major step towards reducing vehicular pollution.

Ms Narain said with greater number of buses plying from the NCR region to and from Delhi, the number of private vehicles on the road would come down, and moreover the buses and other commercial vehicles would run on CNG, a provision that has been included in the agreement.

Mr Bhurelal said the people of Delhi and NCR region who had to make interstate travel daily or frequently in connection with jobs studies and availing medical and other facilities, needed a dependable and pollution-free transport system, which has now been provided in the agreement.

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