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Bluelines want to run in NDMC area; HC says no

A last-ditch attempt by blueline operators to bring back their buses challenging the blanket ban on grounds of "illegal categorization" and "area specific ban" failed on Tuesday with the Delhi High Court dismissing their petition. Harish V Nair reports.

delhi Updated: Apr 05, 2011 23:46 IST
Harish V Nair

A last-ditch attempt by blueline operators to bring back their buses challenging the blanket ban on grounds of "illegal categorization" and "area specific ban" failed on Tuesday with the Delhi High Court dismissing their petition.

Blueline operators had challenged the notification issued by the Delhi Government dated October 27, 2010, banning Bluelines and whitelines from NDMC areas during the time of the Commonwealth Games.

Holding that the government had the power to phase out Bluelines in the larger interests of public safety, a Bench headed by Justice SK Kaul mainly relied on the judgment of another Bench led by Justice AK Sikri, which had, on March 3, upheld the government's decision to phase out the buses.

The court had said it was convinced that today's public transport system was in a position to take care of the city's needs.

Justice Kaul's bench dismissed the Blueline operators fresh petition upholding the Delhi Government's argument that nothing much remained after the March 3 detailed judgment given by the other bench.

Opposing the operators plea that it was wrong to classify them as a separate class and also to stop them from plying in a particular area, the government counsel Najmi Waziri told the Bench that this very court had rejected both the pleas earlier. He said that the government had the power to issue such a notification in the larger interest of public safety.

"The Decision to ban buses during the Commonwealth Games was appreciated by all concerned. Whereas no sooner was the restriction removed, repeat of rash driving and fatal accident again came to the notice of the government," he said

The government notification clearly mentioned that "to ensure public safety during the Games and also to regulate traffic and congestion on roads, the government had restricted the operation of private buses and restriction was later extended."