The sight of a Blueline bus in Lutyens' Delhi may now be a thing of the past. In a complete phase-out of Blueline buses from Delhi, the transport department has decided to kick off the phased implementation from the New Delhi area.
Earlier, the department had decided to keep the Bluelines away from Lutyens' Delhi till October 25.
Now, senior transport department officers say that the buses will not ply in Lutyens' Delhi even after October 25 and that operators have been told to apply for fresh permits for alternative routes in other parts of the city.
The transport department had earlier removed 1,600-odd buses from about 137 routes operational in Lutyens' Delhi, south Delhi and areas in proximity of Games venues.
While the Blueline buses would still make a comeback on 66 routes in south and east Delhi on Thursday, transport department officials aver that only DTC buses will ply in Lutyens' Delhi now on.
Some Blueline routes that criss-cross the area will be reworked and diverted away from it.
"About 144 buses that plied on routes touching Lutyens' Delhi have already been given permits for alternate routes. We have asked operators to choose routes of their choice in west, north and northwest Delhi," a senior transport department official said on condition of anonymity.
Sources said the transport department has worked out a plan to remove all Blueline buses from Delhi roads in the next three months.
To rehabilitate the bus operators, drivers and support staff, the transport department has decided to issue permits for mini buses — to run as metro feeder buses — rural vehicles and radio cabs in the Capital.
The department has also decided to phase out rural transport vehicles (RTVs) in the next there months. About 2,600 Blueline buses and 1,300 RTVs ply in various urban and rural parts of the Capital.