Bluelines may hit the roads again as govt mulls takeover
Even as the Blueline buses are set to be taken off the roads from December 14, it may not be long before you see the same buses back, albeit with a new look. If sources are to be believed, the Delhi government is working on a scheme to give a backdoor entry to the "killer" buses. Atul Mathur reports.delhi Updated: Dec 02, 2010 23:46 IST
Even as the Blueline buses are set to be taken off the roads from December 14, it may not be long before you see the same buses back, albeit with a new look. If sources are to be believed, the Delhi government is working on a scheme to give a backdoor entry to the "killer" buses.
Since the government has already announced "complete phase-out" of the Blueline buses, it now plans to take over these buses and ask either the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) or the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) to run them under the 'kilometre scheme'.
This will mean that the revenue generated by these buses through sale of tickets will be kept by the agency running them and the owners will be paid a fixed amount on the basis of kilometres run every day.
"If the buses are taken over, the government and the operators will be paid a fixed amount. It will help check the unnecessary competition these buses have among themselves and with the DTC, which is a prime reason behind rash driving and accidents," a senior Delhi government official said.
Transport department officials said there are about 2,400 Blueline buses in the Capital. Ever since the Delhi government announced its intention to phase out Bluelines, the operators have been pressurising the government to provide them with some alternative.
"Since the government has publicly announced its decision to take off all Blueline buses by December 14, it is in no position to go back on its words. To rehabilitate the operators and thousands of other persons associated with Blueline buses, the government is thinking of taking over these buses," said a senior Delhi government official.
Sources said the government is now trying to work out the amount it will pay to the operators for every kilometre these buses will run.
While the Blueline operators expect Rs 30-32 for each km, the DTC is not ready to pay more than Rs 20-21 per km.
Sources said officials from the transport department and the DTC are now trying to work out a compromise figure.
The bus owners will provide their own drivers, the agency operating the buses will deploy its conductors.
The agency will also change the colour of these buses to give them a new identity. The operators will be asked to refurbish the buses.