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Missing Blue Lines buses put Delhiites in fix
Onkar Singh in New Delhi |
July 11, 2007 13:17 IST
Residents of Delhi struggled to reach their destinations on Wednesday as most private Blue Line buses kept off the roads. "I drop my son Kartik to Little Angeles School in Paschim Vihar everyday by my own vehicle. So I have no problem. But some of his friends who travel by normal transport buses had a difficult time to get back home on Tuesday when only few buses could be seen on the Delhi roads," Gopal Verma, a businessman told rediff.com.
Only 900 of the 4,500 private buses were plying on the city's roads along with the Delhi Transport Corporation buses.
The Delhi High Court had on Tuesday rapped the state government asking why it had not removed the law-flouting buses from the city's road. Following this, the traffic police swung into action, seizing about 300 buses for not having proper documents.
There has been uproar against the buses, as they have been involved in a number of fatal incidents in recent weeks.
School children and the parents had a harrowing time. Most parents preferred not to send their wards to school than face the hardship.
"I left the office around 7 am on Wednesday. It took me about two hours to reach the office. I decided to start early because I had a terrible experience on Tuesday night while getting back home. I had to climb on the roof top of the bus to reach home," said Sitaram.
Fearing that more buses could be seized, transporters who control a majority of the Blue Line buses decided to keep their vehicles off the road on Wednesday.
"The courts should keep our difficulties in mind while passing orders. Now, who will provide bus service," asked C Singh, who commutes between Jawahar Lal University to Connaught place every day.