THE DELHI High Court on Friday allowed the entry of buses, running on compressed natural gas (CNG), belonging to the UP Roadways into the capital for re-fueling. It also asked the UP government to reciprocate by releasing 122 DTC buses impounded by it. The court was hearing the dispute between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, which had led to the stoppage of bus services between the two states causing considerable hardship to commuters.
The court advised both sides to keep “personal egos” aside and heed the commuters' interest. It also asked the states to quickly chalk out a resolution on the plying of buses between them. “Don't take it as a litigation, let us resolve it,” a bench of Acting Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Kailash Gambhir told them.
“It is strange the instrumentalities of the departments of transport of UP and NCT have reached such a flashpoint that commuters' interests are given a go by... state has to work for the citizens and not put hurdles in their way.
Personal egos should not obstruct justice," the court added.
The interim order was given on a petition filed by the Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) seeking directions to the Delhi government to “immediately” allow its fleet to enter the capital for re-fuelling.
Posting the case for hearing on December one 2006, the bench said that notices would be issued to the chief secretaries of both states in public interest if they were not able to resolve the standoff at the earliest.
The UP Transport Secretary, Delhi Transport Commissioner and DTC Chairman were present in the court. The court has permitted UP Roadways CNG fitted buses to re-fuel at stations on Delhi borders. The writ petition of the UP State Roadways Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) had claimed that many of its CNG-fitted buses were lying idle due to lack of CNG as Delhi authorities were not permitting it to enter the capital for re-fueling. It said the lack of proper inter-state public transport was causing hardships to the public, including school children and those especially from Delhi, Noida and Greater Noida regions.