Monday, 26 November 2012

Government responsible for the failure of cluster bus service

There should be enquiry into the contract of cluster bus service awarded to Hardeep Singh – Vijender Gupta 

New Delhi, 26th November. BJP Delhi Pradesh President Shri Vijender Gupta has said that the irresponsible attitude and corruption by Delhi Government are the reasons of the failure of widely publicised DTC cluster bus service. He has asked Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely whether he had relations with one of the Chadha brothers, Hardeep Singh killed recently. 

Under the cluster bus service 150 low floor buses were to be operated in South Delhi’s Badarpur, Ashram, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Zoo, Pragati Maidan, Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid, Kashmere Gate, Chandni Chowk, Jasola, Sarita Vihar, Mohan Estate and Tuglakhabad. Only 16 buses are plying on these cluster routes till date. It is said that Hardeep Singh Chadha was the owner of this cluster bus service. He had secured the contract of cluster service with the help of his relations with Delhi Government. Hardeep Singh was also operating other business. It is said that he had relations with former Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, but he was not serious about starting the cluster bus service. The Government did not take any penal action against it. Due to this the passengers of aforesaid routes are suffering. 

In its third term present Delhi Government for the purpose of improving the public transport system in the capital had divided entire Delhi into 34 routes. These parts were named clusters. New low Floor-AC and non-AC buses were to be operated by the private cluster operators having different colours in all the clusters. Government spent crores of rupees in the publicity of this scheme. Even after two years neither new buses have been purchased nor new buses have started plying in all the clusters. 

In the recent cabinet reshuffle Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit gave Transport department to Ramakant Goswami and his favourite department to Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely. But Shri Ramakant Goswami has also failed to operate the cluster bus service in Delhi properly. It may be mentioned that the blueline buses called as killer buses of Delhi were stopped from operating due to the intervention of court. But now Delhi Government is going to operate those blueline buses on 97 routes of outer Delhi. Under this service 1532 blueline buses shall transport the passengers. There is apprehension of increase in accidents once again due to it.

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