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223 inspectors in transport dept. Even then...

It doesn’t take much to ensure that Bluelines do not violate rules, provided transport department officials do their job, reports Ravi Bajpai.
Hindustan Times | By Ravi Bajpai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2007 09:40 AM IST

It doesn't take much to ensure that Bluelines do not violate rules, provided transport department officials do their job. With an army of 223 enforcement officials, it can easily check the 3,400-strong private bus fleet for speed governors, among other things, at least once a month.

Officials usually function in a team of about seven, which makes it roughly 31 enforcement squads. This means each team has to check close to 109 buses. This translates into five buses per team, per working day, if each team were to complete its quota every month.

“It takes about 30 minutes to check one bus. Even if these teams check other commercial vehicles too, the target of Bluelines can be achieved in a month,” said NGO Chetna’s Anil Sood, who gave a presentation on the Blueline anarchy to Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna on Monday.

In July, the department found that over 60 per cent of the Bluelines were unfit to ply on roads.

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