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End of the road for Bluelines

Permits not to be renewed, says High Court


However, 328 Blueline buses to ply on Delhi roads till expiry of their permits

“Commuters not facing much problem due to metro, feeder buses, low-floor buses”


New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday said the permits of ‘killer' Blueline buses here will not be renewed after their expiry and asked the Delhi Government to implement the cluster bus scheme to ensure a hassle-free public transport system.

A division bench headed by Justice A. K. Sikri said that despite the expiry of permits of 1,700 Blueline buses in recent times, the commuters have not faced major difficulty.

“No right to renew licences”

On whether the Blueline operators have a right to renew licences, the Bench said, “The answer is negative.”

The Court accepted the submission of the Delhi Government that various modes of transport systems, including the metro facility, low-floor buses, the gramin sewa vehicles and metro feeder services, were available for the commuters and they had faced little difficulty in the absence of Blueline buses.

“There is no requirement of Blueline buses on city roads. Keeping in view the changing scenario, there is no reason to extend their permits,” the court held.

It, however, allowed 328 Blueline buses to ply on the roads till the expiry of their permits.

“Use cluster system”

The Bench directed the Government to implement the cluster system in a time-bound manner. It also directed the Delhi Government to frame guidelines to systematise and streamline the public transport system by accepting the suggestions given by the amicus curiae in this case.

During the course of hearing, amicus curiae and senior counsel Kailash Vasudev had suggested that the drivers be well-trained before they get into the service.

It was also suggested that at a time not more than three buses should halt at a bus stop. He had also suggested that the Delhi Police should monitor the traffic the way they did during the Commonwealth Games last year.

“Replace with

low-floor buses”

Taking suo motu cognisance of a fatal accident in 2007 involving a Blueline bus in which eight persons lost their lives, the High Court had directed the city government to phase out the Blueline buses and replace them with low-floor buses. - PTI

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