Govt may be flouting 1998 SC order by not inducting buses: HC
New Delhi: There is “grave urgency” for more buses in the city and the AAP government must address the shortage on a war footing, the high court observed on Tuesday.
A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar put under scanner the constant shortage of buses meant for public transport, saying the authorities may be committing contempt by failing to fulfill the target set by the Supreme Court 19 years ago.
“All the authorities have opined that major cause to air pollution was vehicles. So the Delhi government should make an effort on a warfooting to bring in more buses,” it said.
The court’s observations came while hearing a plea on absence of disabled friendly transport buses in the city. Expanding the ambit of its intervention, HC reminded the Delhi government of the Supreme Court’s July 27, 1998 direction to augment the fleet of buses from 5,000 to 10,000.
It also refused to stop Delhi government’s DTC from procuring 2,000 more standard floor buses on the ground that these were not disabled friendly.
The court made the observations while hearing a PIL by a person suffering from loco- motor disability challenging the move to procure 2,000 standard floor buses at a cost of Rs 300 crore. The court also roped in Delhi Metro and Northern railway as parties to the PIL and sought their responses on improving and increasing their facilities for the people including disabled persons.
The bench also sought the presence of environmentalist Sunita Narain on November 23 to assist it in the matter.
CM Arvind Kejriwal has directed Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) to fill vacant posts as soon as possible and a route rationalisation study for the city’s bus routes has also been commissioned.