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Commuters stranded as 1,600 Blueline buses go off Delhi roads

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NEW DELHI: People commuting by buses, particularly to South and Central Delhi, were greatly inconvenienced on Sunday as about 1,600 Blueline buses were taken off their earlier routes and the Delhi Government failed to provide an adequate back-up of Delhi Transport Corporation buses despite promising to ensure that the commuters will not suffer.

The Delhi Government, which is fighting a case in the Delhi High Court seeking phasing out of all the Blueline buses, had earlier decided to suspend the plying of these buses in parts of Central, South and New Delhi.

The removal of these buses from these areas was thought off to make the roads safer during the course of the Commonwealth Games.

In view of the Games, the Government had decided to remove the Blueline buses plying on some very crowded routes such as Shivaji Stadium-Hauz Khas, Kapashera Border-Mori Gate and Saket-Old Delhi Station, Ambedkar Nagar-Central Secretariat, Mehrauli-Anand Vihar, New Delhi Railway Station-Vasant Kunj, Greater Kailash-New Delhi Railway Station, and Badarpur Border-Minto Road.

However, while the Blueline buses were removed from these routes as per a plan, the Delhi Government failed to make proper alternate arrangement for the people, leaving a large number of them stranded on the roads on Sunday.

While on paper the problem should not have taken place, mismanagement by the DTC led to the situation on Sunday. The DTC now has a fleet of 6,500 buses of which 1,400 have been kept for Games-related duties, 1,200 buses will ply on special routes and 650 are on reserve. That still leaves 3,500 DTC and 500 Blueline buses on the 360 routes during the Games. But very few of them plied on Sunday leading to the chaos.

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