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Woes of bus commuters continue

The woes of bus commuters in the Capital continues with most of the blueline buses staying off the roads.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2007 02:12 PM IST

The woes of bus commuters in the Capital continued on Monday with most of the blueline buses, which have failed to get the mandatory clearance from the government, staying off the roads.

The Delhi Transport department has so far found only 712 out of the around 4,000 private blueline buses fit for plying during a special checking drive carried out in the last two days.

Despite the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) operating around 2,800 buses in different routes to ease the pressure, the shortage of blueline buses resulted in commuters waiting for longer hours.

The department has increased frequency of buses in ten busy routes like Azadpur, Nehru Place, ITO, Laxmi Nagar, Vikas Marg, ISBT, Outer Delhi for the convenience of the commuters.

Four Special ladies buses are also plying on Ring Road and outer Ring Road.

Meanwhile, the transport department is continuing the special drive at its 10 depots across the city as hundreds of bluelines buses were to get the clearance certificate.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had on Friday issued directions that the private fleet should not be allowed to ply for two days unless they conformed to all norms like installing speed governors.

Her directions came after blueline buses continued to cause accidents, bringing the efforts of the police and the government to rein in drivers indulging in rash and negligent driving to a nought.

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