New Delhi: The Blueline buses finally will go off the national capital roads as the Delhi High Court refused to extend the permits of ‘killer’ buses.

A division bench of Justice A K Sikri and Justice Suresh Kait said, "The fundamental right to life takes precedence over all statutory rights. The right to livelihood of the Blueline bus operators, numbering a few hundred, would have to be subservient to the larger public interest of the safety."

The court observed that all statutes and provisions of law on the basis of which the Blueline operators claimed their rights have to be seen from the perspective of public safety and security.
The court instructed the Delhi Government to implement the cluster bus scheme within time frame to ensure a hassle-free public transport system.

However, the court allowed 328 Blueline buses, which are plying on various routes, to continue the services till the expiry of their permits by June 2012. At the same time it mentioned that no inconvenience was faced by the commuter when earlier 1700 killer Blueline buses went off the roads.

The court accepted the plea of Delhi government's counsel Najmi Waziri that various modes of public transport systems, including metro, more than 6000 DTC low-floor buses, the ‘grameen seva’ vehicles and 120 metro feeder bus services were available for commuters who faced no difficulty in the absence of Blueline buses.

"Once we take into consideration the total ridership and are able to find that there is sufficient paraphernalia to take care of them, such argument of Blueline bus operators should not hold ground," the court said while suggesting the government look into the possibility of utilising all the Blueline buses in a meaningful way.

In the meantime, the bench also said that it is the responsibility of the government to ply 11, 000 DTC buses on roads as it was proposed earlier.

(JPN/ Agencies)