Transport Minister Naresh Agrawal on Saturday threatened not to allow even a single Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus to enter the UP boundaries if Delhi tried to stop UP State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) buses from operating in Delhi.
"UPSRTC is going to operate high quality city bus service within and between Noida/Greater Noida and Delhi from Monday. But Delhi is threatening us not to allow our buses in Delhi despite an agreement. If that happens we will not allow even a single DTC bus to operate in UP," warned Agrawal while inaugurating the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) city buses in Lucknow on Saturday.
He said that he had already issued directions to the transport commissioner and the UPSRTC MD to prepare a plan to tackle Delhi in view of the threats. He claimed UPSRTC was all set to break DTC's monopoly in the National Capital Region (NCR) by providing city bus service in the region from Monday.
UPSRTC is beginning the operation of its city buses in Noida/Greater Noida with 44 buses. Of them 22 will be CNG and 22 diesel-driven AC buses.
The minister flagged off 18 city CNG buses which had been plying on the Sarojni Nagar-Chinahat route in the city for last several weeks. The UPSRTC will gradually replace all its diesel-drive city buses with CNG buses.
The diesel operated uses, when replaced, will be sent to Varanasi to be plied as city buses there. It will soon introduce CNG buses in Kanpur as well.