Aiming at safety of bus commuters and pedestrians on the roads, Delhi government on Monday announced the much-awaited new unified time table for Blueline buses for 48 busiest routes to be implemented from Tuesday.
"With main emphasis on lane driving, speed limit of 40 kmph and restrictions on overtaking by the drivers we hope to provide better bus service and prevent accidents," Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf told reporters in New Delhi.
The identified routes on which 2000 buses will ply are Tubra Mudrika, Gramin Mudrika, Outer Mudrika, Noida Mudrika. According to the new time table which aims to give maximum rest to the drivers, he will not drive more than eight hours a day.
"In several mishap cases we found that drivers were either under stress or fatigue due to long working hours. We have ensured that this factor is properly taken care of," Yusuf said.
In most of the routes two trips have been reduced, running time has been increased to ensure that each bus ply around 200 kms per day.
However, those plying on rural routes where there are very few red lights and bus stands, no change has been made as far as number of trips is concerned.
DTC will operate buses there on the basis of available fleet. "The slot for the DTC buses have been assigned in arithmetic progression. DTC will have to follow this unified time table so that clashes with private buses do not take place," Yusuf said.
The need for a new time table was felt in the wake of public outrage against Blueline buses which gained notoriety as "killer" buses for mowing down people on the roads.
"Contrary to the earlier system when bus operators used to ply on their whims and fancies, now equal number of buses has been given starting point from both ends," Yusuf said.
For the convenience of the commuters, first trips from railway station, ISBTs and rural areas will start very early in the day. The minister said the unified time table has been chalked out on the basis of a survey conducted on all the identified routes by determining physical running time per trip, number of redlights and number of bus stands besides time available to the drivers to take rest.
To ensure that the time table is followed properly, the conductors have been asked to get the departure and arrival time of the bus recorded to the time keeper authorised by state transport departments at both starting and destination points.
Yusuf said the checking of safety norms in Blueline buses is being carried out at DTC centre in Burari in North Delhi.
Regarding Kilometer Scheme for the Blueline bus operators, the minister said the committee constituted by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and headed by Chief Secretary R Narayanswami will submit its report on Tuesday.
"It is likely to be taken up for discussion in the next Cabinet meeting on Thursday," he said.