A senior lawyer appointed by the court to assist in the case on phase out of Blueline buses on Wednesday questioned the Delhi government’s claim that it had adequate buses to meet future requirements.
This came on a day when the Delhi high court reserved its judgment on the Blueline operators’ plea challenging the phase out and a separate one by Delhi government seeking court’s backing to remove the buses.
Amicus curiae Kailash Vasdev said the Supreme Court said that the capital needed a minimum 10,000 buses but even now the ground situation was a far cry from the target with the capital having just around 8,500 buses which included the 2,500 bluelines which are to phased out. Lawyers for the government KTS Tulsi and Najmi Waziri rebutted the argument saying as on December 14, 2010, the DTC has a fleet of 6,237. He said including 2,301 contract carriage buses of standard size, 1,164 light passenger buses in contract carriage category and 3,194 buses of inter-state contract carriage permit and 1,654 light passenger buses, there will be a total number of 15,785 buses on the road by January 2011.
“If people do not get adequate ridership options, they will not spare the government. Before making accusations he (amicus) should have accessed the proper papers. The accusation that we are oblivious of the future requirements is a serious one”, Tulsi said.
Waziri submitted that public safety is the government’s paramount objective and it has enough fleet to meet the requirement of public transport. The court has asked the government to file an affidavit on Monday.