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Delhi govt sends back file on dedicated bus lanes to L-G Jung for approval

delhi Updated: Jun 03, 2016 10:23 IST

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has sent again to the L-G a proposal to carve exclusive bus lanes on the city roads and slap steep fines of Rs 2,000 on those violating lane discipline.

The Delhi government’s transport department had issued a notification in March, proposing the steep fine even as it was preparing to implement round two of the odd-even road rationing scheme. Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had returned the proposal to the government, seeking clarifications on several points.

The L-G had asked the government to review the policy. It also asked the government to incorporate the views of other agencies concerned such as the PWD and law department.

A Delhi government spokesperson said the government has sent back the file proposing to slap a fine of Rs 2,000 on bus lane violators with ‘minor’ amendments.

“Minor amendments have been made to the plan after consultations with the law, public works and the transport department. The file has been sent to L-G office for clearance,” an official said.

The AAP government plans dedicated bus lanes on all major roads across the national capital in order to improve public transport services. The proposal also advocates Rs 2,000 fine bus drivers who will not ply in the dedicated bus lanes. The government has also chalked out detailed plans to strengthen the DTC fleet by buying more buses and engaging private firms to run public transport buses in Delhi.

The development comes within days after the L-G office asked Delhi government to review its app-based bus aggregator policy. The ACB has also initiated a probe into the matter following complaints from the leader of the opposition in the Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta.

If still not cleared by the L-G’s office, the proposal will join a list of other moves proposed by the government that are pending approval by the Centre.

The Delhi government has been targeting L-G office alleging that the Delhi administrator and the BJP government at the Centre are hurting governance in the Capital by creating obstacles in implementation of new initiatives.

“LG n Modi Govt aggressively start creating hurdles in Del Govt, almost in every file. Modi hides behind L-G and targets us, (SIC.),” Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on Thursday.

First Published: Jun 03, 2016 10:23 IST