Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has finally agreed to demands of Blueline bus operators to rehabilitate them. HT had reported about this in Wednesday's edition.
Dikshit has asked the transport department to prepare a scheme, chalking out the various options which can be implemented to rehabilitate a large number of families that earned their livelihood through Blueline buses.
The two options that have been suggested by the transport department are that either the Blueline bus operators form a company, get new buses and run them under the cluster scheme in one or two clusters, or they purchase mini buses and run in congested areas where DTC buses cannot go.
The Delhi government has phased out 2,730 Blueline buses in a phased manner since December 2010.
The remaining 53 Blueline buses, which are being run on various routes in outer Delhi, will be phased out by June 28 this year.
The Blueline operators, however, have been demanding rehabilitation of thousands of families of operators, drivers, conductors, helpers, mechanics and those who do other odd jobs ever since the phase out began.