Staff Reporter

File reply by Friday, orders Delhi High Court

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought a reply from the Delhi Transport Corporation about utilisation of the money it had collected from private bus operators for allowing them to use bus stops across the city.

A Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice H. R. Malhotra directed the DTC to file its reply by this coming Friday.

The Bench passed the direction while hearing a public interest litigation based on a news report about rampant violation of traffic rules and increase in the number of road accidents in the city.

The Bench had in January this year converted the news report, based on a survey of traffic in the Capital published in a daily here last November, into a PIL.

Earlier, amicus curae Rajiv Awasthi informed the Court that the DTC had collected Rs. 85 crores from private bus operators under the head of charge for use of bus stops.

He said that the Corporation collects Rs. 2,500 per bus every month from private bus operators for permitting them to use the bus stops.

He submitted that the Court should ask for details of the utilisation of all that money as it had set up no visible facilities for the commuters.

He further submitted that the Corporation was building bus stops in the city under the Built-Operate-Transfer (BOT) scheme under which private companies are given contract to build, operate and finally hand them over to the public transport operator.

The Court had at the last hearing of the case directed the DTC to raise the educational qualification for appointment of drivers and ban smoking by its drivers while driving to check accidents.