The Delhi High Court’s order to offer compensation to the families of those, who lost their lives or suffered injuries in accidents involving Blueline buses might offer some relief. But the families of the victims’ remain unhappy.
Kapil Bhargava (42), who ran a leather business, was returning home to Karol Bagh on his motorcycle after shopping for Rakshabandhan with his wife Nidhi riding pillion when a drunk Blueline bus driver mowed his motorcycle down. Although Kapil died on the spot, his wife survived, suffering multiple fractures. The High Court order now allows Kapil’s family to obtain Rs.1.5 lakh in compensation, but his younger brother, Rishi Bhargava says the amount does not compensate their loss.
“My brother was the sole earning member of his family. Every month he’d bring home Rs. 25,000. Now he leaves behind two sons—one aged nine, and another aged thirteen, as well as an injured wife. They are left without any source of income,”
S.N. Mishra, who lost his daughter Alka, a manager with FIITJEE on July 1, 2007, shares his sentiment. Alka was crossing the street to her house in Noida’s Sector 37, when she was crushed by a Blueline bus. This enables the family to receive Rs.1 lakh as compensation, but Mishra is unhappy. “What kind of compensation is Rs.1 lakh?” he asked, “The amount should have been at least Rs. 5 lakh. This makes you realise that die in Blueline accidents like insects, but the authorities do not care,” he added.
Jasbir Malik, the lawyer representing Blueline victims stated, “The HC order is a double-edged weapon. It sends a clear message to Blueline owners to hire good drivers and on the other hand provides solatium to victims.” However, H.S. Kalra, President of Federation of Delhi Bus Operators, is evidently unhappy. “The order is illegal and against the provisions of Motor Vehicles Act. The compensation should be charged from insurance companies,”