A senior lawyer assisting the Delhi High Court, which is overseeing complete phase out of Blueline buses and streamlining of public transport, on Friday urged the judges to pass orders to increase safety measures for women on public transport, especially in buses.
“After the December 16, 2012 gang rape, the concerns over the safety of women while using public transport have surfaced again,” Kailash Vasdev, the amicus curiae in the case, told a bench headed by justice Pradeep Nandrajog.
Vasdev said the court had passed strict orders on October 3, 2007, in this regard but they have not been implemented by the police. The court will take a stand on the issue on July 4, the next date of hearing.
In a written submission filed before a bench of justice Pradeep Nandrajog and justice Suresh Kait, he also forcefully opposed the plan by the government to rehabilitate the phased out Blueline buses by running them on alternate routes in Outer Delhi.
“The Bluelines were phased out for good and fair reason to protect the interest of citizens. Today to rehabilitate the buses in outer areas of Delhi will defeat the very purpose for which these proceedings were commenced,” he said.
“I am opposing the plan to rehabilitate nearly 1,500 Blueline operators by allotting them routes in Outer Delhi. Were not they removed from the Capital as they were indisciplined, rash and killed innocent pedestrians? What is the guarantee that they will not repeat the act on the alternate routes given to them?” asked Vasdev.
The Delhi government told the court that the transport department has worked out a policy to rehabilitate nearly 1,500 Blueline operators who had surrendered their permits a few years ago, when the government had announced plan to phase out Blueline buses.