The six-month old transport deadlock between Uttar Pradesh and Delhi ended on Saturday with resumption of bus services between the two states.
Transport Minister of Delhi Haroon Yusuf and UP's Transport Minister Ram Achal Rajbhar jointly flagged off the UP and Delhi buses from ISBT Anand Vihar signaling the end of the crisis and the nightmare of the commuters.
Transport Commissioner R Chandramohan, Delhi Transport Corporation CMD Anshu Prakash, Principal Secretary (Transport) of UP Pradeep Shukla, CMD UP State Road Transport Corporation Dev Dutt were amongst those present at the flagging off ceremony.
Yusuf said the bus service between Delhi and UP has resumed after a gap of 6 months and 6 days. "The services have been resumed keeping in view the broader interest of the commuters of both UP and Delhi," the minister said. He claimed there was no dispute between the two states. "Within a month all other issues would be resolved by conducting a series of meeting amongst the officers of UP and Delhi," he added.
Rajbhar, the newly appointed Transport Minister of UP, said that the government wanted to help the commuters who were facing hardship due to the transport crisis.
Yusuf informed that DTC will purchase 300 new diesel buses soon to improve inter-state bus services. He said with the resumption of services, about 700 DTC and 1,000 UPSRTC buses would ply in both the states.
DTC operates inter-state services in Meerut, Bulandshaher, Khurja, Hapur and many other cities. It also operates city services in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad. Around four lakh commuters travelled daily to each states.
The crisis between the two states broke out in November last year after UP decided to unilaterally ply its buses on the city routes in Delhi. The Delhi government seized the buses saying it was "illegal" for UP to ply buses on the city routes.
UP then retaliated by seizing the DTC buses on the inter-state routes. The Delhi government had to get the buses released after paying a hefty penalty.
Since November 13, last year, the deadlock continued as several delegations, official level meetings and letters proved futile. However, the change in government in UP resulted in a fresh dialogue and a breakthrough after the first meeting itself.