The government’s decision to phase out the Blueline buses has not gone down well with everyone, especially those living away from central Delhi and areas without Metro connectivity.
“It will really hit us if the private buses are taken off the road. There are almost no DTC buses here and we cannot afford to travel by autorickshaws,” said Shankar Kumar, a resident of Nangloi in northwest Delhi.
While the website of the Delhi government lists 11 routes that originate from Nangloi, the residents claim that the service of government buses is very poor.
“Blueline buses on routes like 567 and 991 are our lifeline. If they are taken off the road, we will not be able to commute,” said Vasu, a resident of Nangloi JJ Colony.
For Mohammad Faraz, who works in a factory in Narela, the decision of phasing out Blueline buses may bring about an end to his career. “If the Bluelines are taken off, I will have to look for another job. I will never be able to reach the factory on time. The DTC buses have no fixed timing,” he said.
Even those who live in areas like Sarojini Narar and Paschim Vihar have opposed the plan. “There are not enough buses in the DTC fleet to replace the Bluelines,” said Richa Sachdeva of Paschim Vihar.