Buses fail to cross inter-State borders
Buses to terminate at Mayur Vihar-I, Noida Gole Chakkar Transport Minister Yusuf holds talks with senior DTC officials
NEW DELHI: People travelling between Delhi and the neighbouring towns of Noida and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh faced severe problems while commuting on Saturday as the Governments of the two States did not operate their buses in each other's territories. People had to change buses at the inter-State borders to reach their destinations as neither the DTC nor the U.P. Roadways buses crossed the inter-State borders.
The DTC, which earns around Rs.5 lakh per day from its operations in U.P., also did not operate its buses to various towns in the neighbouring State. More than 100 DTC are still standing idle at Ghaziabad, Noida and other towns after they were impounded by the U.P. authorities on Friday. Similarly, U.P. Roadways buses also did not enter Delhi and terminated their services at either Ghaziabad or Noida.
However, a few buses by private bus operators did function between Delhi and Noida and Ghaziabad, but that did not help much as people had to struggle to travel between Delhi and U.P.. "I had to face tough time to travel to Delhi as there was literally no bus service to the Capital on Saturday. First I took an auto to Delhi border and then a DTC bus to reach Connaught Place. This is for the time during the past one decade that I faced such grave inconvenience," said Mohit Singh, a resident of Sector 22 in Noida.
To minimise inconvenience to commuters, the DTC has decided to terminate its city buses close to the Delhi-Noida border. It will terminate its buses at Mayur Vihar-I, East End Apartments, Noida Gole Chakkar, Chilla Sports Complex, Mayur Vihar-III. The DTC has also decided not to stop operation of Blueline buses to Noida as decided earlier.
Meanwhile, Delhi Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf held a meeting with senior DTC officials and took stock of the situation. Principal Secretary (Transport) K. Chandramohan has written to the U.P. Government urging it to resolve the issue by holding talks. Stating that people of both Delhi and U.P . were suffering due to the stalemate, he has asked the U.P. Government to order release of its buses immediately and allow also DTC to operate buses in Noida and Ghaziabad.