Delhi-UP bus crisis worsens
With both UP and Delhi accusing each other for creating the transport crisis, the situation is likely to worsen, reports Amitabh Shukla.india Updated: Nov 18, 2006 19:48 IST
Thousands of Noida- and Ghaziabad-bound passengers had a harrowing time on Saturday commuting to their offices or residences.
After suspension of the DTC bus service to the neighbouring state, the passengers had to walk long distances from the border to get another transport.
DTC buses bound for Ghaziabad, Hapur and Meerut terminated at Anand Vihar while those bound for Noida terminated at the border. As the private Blueline buses are still operating in Noida, they remained overcrowded throughout the day.
With both UP and Delhi accusing each other for creating the transport crisis, the situation is likely to worsen on Monday when schools and offices open after the weekend.
Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf said he was "pained" to see people suffering due to the attitude of UP.
"This is not a dispute between India and Pakistan. The adamant approach of UP and making it an ego issue has led to the impasse," the minister said.
He said such a situation was unheard of in the past when blackmail tactics are being adopted by the neighbouring state. "They have kept provoking us in the past but impounding our buses on such a large-scale is bound to create bitterness," he said.
The Transport Department had an emergency meeting on Saturday to take stock of the situation. They have faxed a fresh request to Lucknow for resumption of normal transport service. It was also decided to make special arrangements at the borders to ferry the passengers to the city to lessen their hardships. "We have 325 Blueline buses to Noida. We are not suspending their service to help the commuters in need," added Yusuf.
"I have been living in Noida for the last 10 years. This is the first time I regret living in the place," said Kumar Rakesh, an engineer who commutes from Noida to his office in Nehru Place everyday.
DTC authorities estimate that five lakh people use the bus services everyday to commute to Delhi and vice versa.
Another daily commuter SK Singh said the two states are behaving like "enemies". "Instead of solving the problem, they are provoking each other," he added.
First Published: Nov 18, 2006 19:48 IST