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Commuters bear the brunt as Bluelines go off roads

Bus commuters had a tough time on Wednesday with a large chunk of Blueline buses going off the road.

delhi Updated: Dec 16, 2010 01:25 IST
HT Correspondent

Bus commuters had a tough time on Wednesday with a large chunk of Blueline buses going off the road.

The fleet strength of Blueline buses in the Capital is 2,052, out of which permits of 823 buses lapsed on Wednesday, and were not extended by the transport department. Notices have been served to the bus operators to not ply these buses.

Though there was no checking by the department on Wednesday if any Blueline bus was plying despite a lapsed permit, action might be taken against erring operators on Thursday. "Notices have been served to bus operators and officials will ensure on Thursday that they don't come back on the road,” Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely

"There is adequate number of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses on the road to ensure that commuters don't face a problem,” he said.

Commuters, however, did face problems on Wednesday traveling to office and coming back home.

"There are very few buses that ply from Chittaranjan Park and almost all of them are Bluelines,” said Amit Choudhury, a marketing executive.

Most bus stops were crowded during the office peak hours. What's worse, the buses that arrived were fully packed.

"I had to go to Nangloi and had to wait for nearly an hour for a DTC bus,” said Sandeep Sharma, a retired government employee.

The DTC has a fleet of about 6,500 buses but due to shortage of drivers, only 5200-5300 buses hit the road in morning shift while the number comes down to 4,100 in the evenings.