It has been a week since the Commonwealth Games ended but the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses used to ferry athletes and which are now out on the roads are still using tinted glasses.
The Delhi Traffic Police will now start prosecuting the buses with tinted glasses that plied during the Games under a special provision. Vehicles with tinted glasses are not allowed on Delhi’s roads but citing security concerns, as foreign athletes and delegates were traveling in them, these buses were permitted to have tinted glasses.
Senior Traffic police officials claimed that DTC has informed them that it will remove the tinted glasses by October 31. DTC, however, is saying that it will take about 10 days to finish the work.
“The DTC has informed us that they will remove the tinted glasses by October 31. We will take any action after that,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
Under a special provision, the Delhi government had allowed the 574 low-floor DTC buses to use tinted glasses, on a temporary basis, for the Games duty.
Out of these buses, 300 are now plying on different routes in the city.
“The buses ferried athletes and delegates and as part of security protocol it was necessary that they have tinted glasses. But now that the Games are over we will start prosecuting them since it is illegal,” said a senior police officer.
The DTC had also moved an application in Supreme Court asking for permission to remove speed governors from the low-floor buses fearing a Lahore type attack on Sri Lankan cricket team two years ago.
Most of these low-floor buses are running on several routes in Delhi causing a security scare.
“Though no incident has come to light so far, we cannot take any chances. Tinted glasses have been banned by the Delhi High Court and we have to adhere to the rules. They may prove to be a risk to passengers travelling inside as anyone might indulge in mischief,” said the officer.
“It will take some time to remove the tinted glasses from the buses,” said Naresh Kumar, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of DTC. “We expect to remove all the glasses in about 10 more days.”