911 more low-floor buses in Delhi before Games

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) As many as 911 more low-floor buses will be added on the capital’s roads ahead of the Commonwealth Games in October, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) told the Delhi High Court Wednesday.

The court asked the Delhi government to chalk out a plan to address the transport problem in the city in view of the upcoming Games.

‘We have the Commonwealth Games coming in two months. Do you think from that angle? Many people would be coming to the city,’ the court said when senior advocate Kailash Vasudev, who is assisting the court, pointed out that the government had failed to form a policy to tackle the problem of shortage of buses.

DTC said the strength of the fleet will now increase to 6,500 buses. As per a Supreme Court order, there should be minimum 10,000 buses in the city.

The court was hearing a matter in which it had taken cognizance following an accident involving a Blueline bus in October 2008 in which eight people were killed in Badarpur area.

The court had directed that the Blueline buses be phased out, after which the city government launched low-floor buses last year.

The court had also directed the Delhi government to frame guidelines for erring drivers, bus operators and owners if they violate traffic rules.

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