The transport department of Delhi government has finally started removing Blueline buses from city roads.
Of the current fleet of 2,052 Bluelines, 823 buses will stop plying from Wednesday; and by December 31, the fleet will come down to 840 buses.
"The remaining 840 buses, which may have valid permits even beyond January 31, will not be seen in Delhi after the date," said Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh.
Singh also clarified that the government will not approach high court for further extension of permits expiring on December 14, 2010.
"The government had made a promise to the people of Delhi that old and rickety Blueline buses, which have been involved in several accidents, will be phased out. We will fulfill this promise on January 31," he said.
With almost 6,500 Delhi Transport Corporation buses, transport officials said they can easily phase out Bluelines.
Accepting that commuters may face some problems with frequency and timings of DTC buses for the initial three-four days, Singh said the public bus carrier has been told to improve its operations.
"The DTC has been asked to improve frequency on routes where Bluelines are being removed. The corporation has been told to give overtime to drivers to ensure there are enough buses on roads in evenings too," said Singh.
Thanks to shortage of drivers, only about 5,300 DTC buses hit the road in the mornings, while the number comes down to 4,100 in the evening shift.
"We will not let people face any problem," Singh said.