4,000 more buses to be on Delhi roads: NCT govt to HC

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New Delhi, Jan 13 (PTI) The Delhi government today saidit has more than 6000 buses in its fleet to meet therequirement of public transport and 4000 more would be addedin a phased manner.

Appearing before a division bench of of Delhi HighCourt Justice A K Sikri and Justice Suresh Kait, StandingCounsel of Delhi government Najmi Waziri submitted thatgovernment is concerned about public safety and blueline busesmust be phased out as they are a threat to pedestrians and itamounts to violation of their fundamental right.

The counsel submitted the city has 6,500 buses as amode of public transport but looking into the growingrequirement, the government would increase 4000 more buses ina phased manner.

Meanwhile, the blueline bus operators argued that tillthe implementation of cluster system by the government, theprivate buses should be allowed to ply on the roads and theirparticipation in the allotment of clustres also be allowed.

The bench would resume the hearing tomorrow.

Taking suo motu cognisance over repeated roadaccidents involving blueline buses in October 2007 , the DelhiHigh court had directed the city government to phase out theblueline and replace them with low-floor buses.

Five women, a four-year-old boy and a man were killedand eight others, including five children, seriously injuredwhen a blueline bus ran over them on Mathura Road as they werecrossing the Delhi-Agra road at Ali village in south Delhi.

With the court''s intervention, the NCT government hasintroduced the low-floor buses and set January 31 as thedeadline for complete phase-out of blueline buses.

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