Justifying its decision to phase out blueline buses, the city government on Thursday informed the Delhi High Court that the private buses are six times more accident prone than state-run DTC buses.
"Blueline buses cause more accidents than other mode of transport. While one person gets killed per 180 DTC buses, the figure is alarmingly high for blueline buses which is around one death per 33 buses. It is six time more than DTC buses," senior advocate K T S Tulsi, appearing for the city government, submitted.
The blueline operators, however, contended that the figure is misleading and people of the capital would face hardship if their buses are taken off the road.
"Buses are not available from the companies. So it is not proper to phase out blueline buses as the DTC would not be able to procure sufficient number of buses from the companies," senior advocate V P Singh told a bench headed by Justice A K Sikri.
The hearing would continue on Tuesday.
The bench had on Wednesday turned down bus operators' plea seeking extension of permits of one-third of the 2000 'killer' bluelines which lapsed as the city government informed it that public transport system is "more than adequate" to cater to the people after their phase out.
"The department feels that existing ridership of the public transport system is more than adequate even if all blueline buses go off the road," Tulsi had said, adding that the killer buses need to be phased out as they are a threat to the safety of pedestrians of the capital which amounts to violation of their fundamental rights.
"The total ridership capacity of all modes of transport comes to 14.7 million as against the estimated population of 18 million, one third of which are non-working either on account of old age or house wives or children," he had further said.