Deadline to phase out Blueline buses extended (Lead)

December 14th, 2010 - 10:07 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The Delhi government Tuesday announced that 823 Blueline buses will go off the roads from Wednesday but extended to Jan 31 the deadline to phase out the entire fleet that have killed hundreds.”There are 2,052 Blueline buses currently plying. Jan 31, 2011 will be the final deadline to phase these out. The government is in no mood to extend their permits,” Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said.

Lovely said that despite extending the phase out deadline, the government was sticking to its October decision not to renew permits of these private buses that have earned notoriety since they were introduced in 1992.

Operators of buses whose permits have expired have been told to submit their licences to the transport department, Lovely told reporters.

Another 389 Blueline buses will get off the roads after Dec 31, he added.

The Delhi government in October decided to pull out 1,600 Blueline buses during the Commonwealth Games. But only those whose permits had expired went off the roads.

The government had earlier vowed to end the Blueline system by Dec 14.

The minister said that in the absence of Blueline buses, the state-run Delhi Transport Corp (DTC) had increased its daily earning from Rs.90 lakh to Rs.2.5 crore. The DTC has about 6,500 buses.

He said as many as 4,100 DTC buses will ferry commuters in the evening peak hour.

To overcome the driver crunch, the department has decided that if required the drivers would work for 12 hours instead of eight hours.

–Indo-Asian Nerws Service
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