Meetings fail to end Delhi-UP bus row

Published on Nov 30, 2006 11:28 PM IST

A day before the Delhi HC is to hear the dispute on plying of buses between Delhi and UP, a series of meetings failed to end the deadlock, reports Amitabh Shukla.

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A day before the Delhi High Court is to hear the dispute on plying of buses between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, a series of meetings on Thursday failed to end the deadlock.

The Transport officials of UP met their Delhi counterparts in the morning to find a solution to the woes of the commuters for the past fortnight. The meeting could not yield much even though UP had tried to placate Delhi by releasing most of the buses it had impounded in their state.  The second meeting was held in the evening. This too failed to bring a solution.

Now, both the Delhi and UP governments would have to face the ire of the High Court on Friday. The court had earlier ordered both the state governments to find a solution before the hearing date.

Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf told HT that UP is insisting on plying its CNG buses on the city routes. “This is the main point of dispute as Delhi would never agree that another state plies its buses on the city routes,” Yusuf said.

UP had come prepared with a list of 12 points in the city where it wants to ply its recently bought CNG buses from Noida and Greater Noida. These points include Mehrauli, RK Puram, New Delhi Station, Dhaula Kuan, amongst others.

The Delhi government did not relent on the issue. Yusuf said the state government has agreed to allow UP to ply its buses to the three ISBTs at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale Khan and Anand Vihar. “We also offered them to run our buses as feeder to the UP buses,” said the minister.

Delhi officials are now baffled at the intransigence of UP. “The neighbouring state plies only 100 city buses in Lucknow which has a population of 25 lakhs. It, however, wants to run 225 buses in Noida which has a population of only  6 lakhs,” said a senior official of the Transport Department.

The officials would now present their case before the High Court on Friday.

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