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'Blueline crisis will be over by next week'

delhi Updated: Jul 28, 2007 03:54 IST

As Delhiites face a harrowing time commuting on account of a severe shortage of buses, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday said the situation would become "perfectly normal" by next week.

"More and more buses are coming on the roads with fitness certificates from the government. Hopefully, the situation will be perfectly normal by next week," Dikshit told reporters on the sidelines of a function in the Capital.

Delhiites faced great difficulty for the third consecutive working day on Wednesday as majority of the Blueline buses stayed off the road due to lack of mandatory fitness certificate from the Delhi Government.

Dikshit had on Friday directed that the Blueline buses would have to stay off the road till they got a fitness clearance from the government.

Of a total 3,616 Blueline buses, a little over 1,000 plied while DTC deployed over 2,500 buses but their combined strength failed to meet the commuters' demand during early hours.

"We are taking several steps and the situation has been improving gradually," Dikshit said.

Admitting that overspeeding by Blueline buses had become a matter of great concern for all since it took many lives on the roads, she said had there been control over speed, there would have been no necessity to install the 'speed governor' on the buses.

"We had no idea how careless they are. They have no right to overspeed and endanger the lives of people. They had no control over speed, so we had to intervene," Dikshit said.