Six-men team UP-bound to resolve bus row
In a bid to end the inter-state dispute on plying of buses with the neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, a six-member delegation of transport officials would go to Lucknow on Tuesday, reports Amitabh Shukla.india Updated: Nov 28, 2006 00:37 IST
In a bid to end the inter-state dispute on plying of buses with the neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, a six-member delegation of transport officials would go to Lucknow on Tuesday. The brief of the officials is simple—find a solution with the principle of give and take to help the commuters at the earliest.
The delegation would comprise of Principal Secretary (Transport) R Chandra Mohan, CMD of Delhi Transport Corporation Anshu Prakash and four senior officials of the Transport Department. This is the first time after the dispute that a process of dialogue is being initiated.
Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf said the officials had a telephonic discussion with MD of UP State Road Transport Corporation Shankar Aggarwal earlier in the day in which UP has promised to release the 122 DTC buses impounded by it. "We hope the buses are released by Tuesday to facilitate discussion in a cordial atmosphere," said Yusuf.
Yusuf made it clear that the Delhi government would not allow UP to ply its CNG buses on the city routes. The decision of UP authorities to start services between Noida and city routes in Delhi led to the current problem. Delhi impounded the UP buses plying on the city routes and UP retaliated by impounding DTC buses plying to various places in the state. "The CNG buses of UP can be allowed to ply upto the ISBTs but would not be allowed to pick passengers en route," the minister said.
Referring to the directions of the Delhi High Court to end the dispute, Yusuf claimed that Delhi was committed to the commuters and wanted the mutual distrust between the two states to end soon. Asked about the contents of the proposed agreement, the minister said, "Buses were plying between the two states without an agreement and there is no reason why the same cannot be restored even without a formal agreement".
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