With more than 1,000 blueline buses lying almost unused, the operators have joined hands and have asked the government to rehabilitate them.
In a letter to chief minister Sheila Dikshit, the operators, under the banner of Federation of Delhi Bus Operators, have shown their interest in running its buses under the cluster scheme.
“We have written a letter to the chief minister asking her to help us rehabilitate the blueline buses and operators who have become unemployed after these buses were phased out. We have 1,000-odd blueline buses that are in a good shape and can run for at least 4-6 years,” said Shyam Lal Gola, general secretary of the federation.
Gola said these buses were equipped with speed governors and global positioning system (GPS) on the high court's orders just a month before the phase-out.
“The High Court, while passing the order, had asked the Delhi government to use these vehicles (being phased out) in a meaningful manner. Most importantly, none of these buses have ever been involved in fatal accidents,” he added.
The Delhi government had earlier chalked out a plan to use these buses in rural areas where the DTC is plying its old fleet of about 2,300 buses.
“We have requested the chief minister to adjust our buses in any of the 17 clusters formed by the transport department, eight of which are yet to be allotted. The passengers would benefit the most from this move,” said Gola.