That’s what the Delhi High Court said a day after a Blueline bus killed seven people in south Delhi.
The court asked the Delhi Government to come up with a timetable, by Thursday, for the phasing out of the killer buses. Cutting short the earlier deadline of December 15, it gave the government 30 days to submit a policy in this regard and an alternative plan.
In case the government fails to draft the phase-out plan within the stipulated time, the job will be entrusted to the Indian Institute of Technology or Rail India Technical and Economic Services, the court said. “We cannot proceed at the pace of the Delhi government as the lives of citizens are more precious,” said the bench comprising Justice Mukul Mudgal and Reva Khetrapal.
“…the state will have to take on the entire transport system. How long can we allow this blood-spattered run? But at the same time we cannot give a sudden order to take Bluelines off Delhi roads as it will inconvenience the public. If the government was ready with an alternative, we would not have allowed the killers to continue,” a visibly annoyed court said.
Expressing shock over the ease with which buses involved in accidents returned to roads, the court sought a list of MLAs, MPs and policemen (and their relatives) who owned Blueline buses. Observing that “hitting the owner of the Blueline was the only long term measure to curb accidents,” the court slapped a showcause notice on Manish Kakkar, the owner of the bus involved in the accident at Badarpur.