The Delhi High Court may have allowed Blueline buses — that have valid permits — to operate, but you may still get to see a “much-improved DTC service” in the Capital from Tuesday.
Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said Delhi Transport corporation (DTC) officials have worked out a plan to have more standard and low-floor buses on routes that, at present, have Blueline buses.
“There may be a little problem but DTC has enough buses to give commuters reliable service,” Singh said.
“We will also pull-off extra buses from the non-peak hour schedule to have more buses during peak hours.”
According to DTC officials, they have taken off buses from routes where the frequency of buses was very high and have deployed them in areas like northeast Delhi, north Delhi and outer Delhi, which will be affected due to the withdrawal of Blueline buses.
Senior DTC officials said they have worked out a plan to ensure at least 5,500 buses ply in Delhi in the morning shift and 5,000 buses in the evening.
The transport department officials said 481 Blueline buses will continue to be on road even after February 1.
“These buses will be phased out as and when their permits expire,” a senior transport department official said requesting anonymity.
While private buses under the cluster scheme have yet to hit the roads, Singh said DTC is equipped to cater to commuting needs of Delhiites even without them.
Cluster buses are expected to be operational from next week, transport officials said.