Delhi has now thrown its hands in despair after several attempts to solve the bus row with neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. The feud has been going on for the last three months with no Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses going to UP and no buses from UP entering the national Capital.
"It seems that the problem would now be solved only after the elections in UP," Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf told HT. The assembly election in UP is slated to be held either in the last week of April or early May. The Delhi government hopes that a change in government in the state would help solve the transport row. Meanwhile, thousands of commuters and parents of schoolchildren have made temporary arrangements for the last three months to commute to Delhi.
The losses to the beleaguered DTC on account of freeze in services to UP has not been fully worked out. However, officials say this is substantial. "Apart from the interstate services which go to several parts of UP and Uttarakhand, our services to heavy passenger traffic routes like Meerut, Ghaziabad, Moradabad and Hapur have come to a halt after the bus row," a senior official pointed out.
Interestingly, UP Transport Corporation has not suffered much due to the bus row. It has started plying its buses from Kaushambi, a stone's throw away from the Anand Vihar Interstate Bus Terminus of Delhi. It now plans to construct its own ISBT at Kaushambi so that its buses do not enter the Capital.
Yusuf told HT, "Our transport officials held several rounds of talk with their UP counterparts. UP is not willing to relent and insists on plying its buses on the city routes. We will not permit this."
In the last meeting, UP came with a list of 12 points in the city where it wants to ply its CNG buses from Noida and Greater Noida. These points included Mehrauli, RK Puram, New Delhi Station, Dhaula Kuan, amongst others.
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