Delhi Government on Thursday said Blueline buses will be a thing of the past within the next one year as their phase out has already begun in the city.
Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said Government has already cancelled permits of 1,111 Blueline buses and the process to completely remove them from the city streets has been expedited.
He said only 2,545 Blueline buses are now plying on various routes and they will be replaced within one year by swanky low-floor buses of Delhi Transport Corporation.
Giving statistics of accidents involving the Blueline buses, he said 182 people have lost their lives in accidents in 2005 while number of people killed by these buses in 2006 was 163.
One hundred eight people have lost their lives in 2008 while in 2009, 115 people were killed in accidents involving Blueline buses.
Lovely said at present the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has 3,837 buses and it will have a fleet of around 6,600 modern buses during the prestigious Commonwealth Games next year.
He said Government has already spent Rs 265 crore in procuring low-floor buses for DTC.
The Minister said the government is determined to put in place a modern bus fleet ahead of next year's Commonwealth Games in the city.