The Delhi High Court on Friday gave a time of 10 days to both Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to settle the dispute on plying of buses in each other's territory amicably.
A Bench comprising Justice MK Sharma and Justice Hima Kohli came down heavily on UP as its Principal Secretary (Transport) was not present in the court to explain the position of the state government.
The Bench directed the official to be present in the next hearing. It also threatened of coercive action if the direction was not complied with.
With the court postponing the matter for 10 days, people residing in Noida, Ghaziabad and the surrounding areas would continue to face the hardships for some more days now.
"We were expecting some solution as it has been very difficult for us to arrange transport for our son to his Noida School," said Archana Mishra, a resident of Mayur Vihar. Mishra and other residents have joined together and pooled in their personal vehicles to drop the children to the Noida schools after the dispute started. They were earlier using the services of the DTC schools buses to transport their children to the private schools in Noida.
Asked when will the school children and other commuters get relief, Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf on Friday said the entire issue is now focussed on the intransigence of UP, which insists on running its buses on the city routes.
"UP has bought CNG buses and is now insisting on plying them on the city routes. This is the main point of dispute at this juncture," Yusuf said. The Minister said this cannot be permitted except upto the three ISBTs.
So far, three meetings have taken place between senior Transport officials of Delhi and UP. First, the officials of Delhi went to Lucknow. Then the UP Transport officials held two meetings with their Delhi counterparts here on Thursday. As nothing materialised, the dispute remains unresolved.