The Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, which resembles India-Pakistan border at Anand Vihar, is set to finally end with a change of guard in the neighbouring state.
As soon as the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government took over at Lucknow, Delhi wrote a letter to the UP government asking for an early resumption of bus services in the state.
The buses of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) stopped plying in UP more six months ago (November 2006) after the UP government seized several buses.
The Delhi government too reciprocated and seized the buses of the UP State Transport Corporation leading to a transport crisis.
“Our Transport Commissioner R. Chandramohan has written a letter to the Principal Secretary (Transport) of UP on the need for revival of bus service and a transport agreement between the two states.
“Even India and Pakistan have a bus service but due to the intransigent stand of UP during the previous regime, all dialogue broke down,” Delhi Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf said on Monday.
Yusuf said the border between Delhi and UP at Anand Vihar resembles the border between “two hostile countries”. “Luggage on their heads, the passengers cross the UP border to enter Delhi braving traffic and the intense heat,” he said.
The minister hoped that a solution will be found soon.
The crisis began in November last year when UP started plying its buses on the city routes in Delhi unilaterally. Delhi objected to this saying there would be a chaos on the city roads. UP retaliated by seizing the DTC buses operating in the neighbouring state. Since then, several attempts by Delhi to resume the services proved futile.
As thousands of passenger bound for Ghaziabad, Noida, Meerut, Hapur Moradabad and the nearby cities depend on the bus service, the deadlock meant alternative means of transport and accompanying problems.
The losses to the beleaguered DTC on account of freeze in services to UP too was substantial. An analysis done by the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that from Noida and Ghaziabad alone, DTC losses were Rs 3.48 crores in the first three months of the crisis.
UP Transport Corporation, did not suffer much as it started plying its inter-state buses from Kaushambi, a stone’s throw away from the Anand Vihar Interstate Bus Terminus of Delhi.