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Breakthrough likely in UP-Delhi bus row

india Updated: Nov 26, 2006 20:36 IST

A breakthrough to end the UP-Delhi Transport row might come this week. Delhi has shown its keenness to end the bus crisis between the two states, which began a fortnight ago.

Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf told HT on Sunday that he would convene a meeting of the top Delhi officials - Transport Commissioner and CMD of DTC on Monday to find a workable formula to end the crisis as early as possible.

Delhi is working on three-pronged formula - stop DTC service to Noida if UP wants so, allow the CNG buses of UP access to ISBTs in the city and then sit together to solve the kilometre-trip row between the two states.

"If UP does not want us to ply DTC buses in Noida, we would not. Then, they will have to ply their own buses to meet the demands of the Noida commuters," he said. For the CNG buses of UP, Delhi would allow them access to Anand Vihar, Kashmiri Gate and the Sarai Kale Khan ISBTs.

This would also facilitate the refuelling of the CNG buses in the city, the facility for which is not available in Noida at present.

For the dispute on whether the km or the trip formula would be the basis of running buses of the two states on long distance routes, a policy of "give and take" would be adopted.

Yusuf said that a meeting ground between trips and km would be worked out. While UP wants the agreement on the basis of km plied in the states, Delhi wants the number of trips undertaken by each bus as the basis.

"After Delhi is ready with the proposals with scope for flexibility in the discussion, UP officials would be invited for the final round of talks," said the minister. Taking a soft stand to end the dispute, Yusuf said, "The issues involved are not difficult to solve. We have to keep the interests of the commuters first and then a solution would be on the way."

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