Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: In the wake of a huge public outcry in the Capital over fatal accidents involving Blueline buses, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday announced that none of these buses would operate on the roads this weekend. Instead, they would be subjected to a thorough inspection to determine the condition of their speed governors, braking system and validity of permits.

The Chief Minister instructed Chief Secretary R. Narayanswami and Transport Commissioner R. Chandramohan to continue the ongoing crackdown on these buses and not allow them to ply on the roads this Saturday and Sunday. They will be allowed to ply only after a strict inspection by the State Transport Authority for any shortcomings.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting attended by Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf, Chief Secretary R. Narayanswami, Delhi Police Special Commissioner Y. S. Dadwal and Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Qamar Ahmed among others. Another meeting will be held on Wednesday to take stock of the situation.

Ms. Dikshit directed the Transport Commissioner to step up the DTC fleet during the two days to overcome the shortage of public transport. ``Passengers will have enough number of buses at their disposal and not face any difficulty. The DTC school buses will also be diverted to ferry passengers over the weekend when the schools are closed,” she added.