Delhi welcomes high court’s stand against Blueline buses

November 1st, 2010 - 9:25 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) The Delhi government Monday welcomed the Delhi High Court’s refusal to stay a notification to phase out the capital’s Blueline buses, notorious for their reckless drivers.

“The government welcomes the high court’s judgment on the issue. We will follow it,” Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely told reporters.

The Monday’s direction was passed on a petition filed by a federation of Blueline buses challenging the Delhi government’s Oct 27 notification ordering the phasing out of the last of the 2,400 privately-run buses, responsible for hundreds of deaths on roads.

The division bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Valmiki Mehta said the government had the power to take such a decision.

The government has invoked section 115 of the Delhi Motor Vehicles Rules to ban the private Blueline buses, which started service in 1992.

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