August 25, 2015 1:17:50 am
The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) on Monday faced the ire of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for “wasting government revenue”, “creating traffic chaos” and causing “environmental pollution” for running buses without passengers for most of the day due to lack of rationalisation of routes. The NGT also issued notice to Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland, which supply buses to DTC.
DTC managing director C R Garg, who was present before the Tribunal in pursuance to the green panel’s notice, told the bench that rationalisation and assessment of bus routes was an ongoing process.
“Your huge buses ply empty for at least five hours a day. Have you rationalised on this aspect? It is shocking that nobody listens in DTC. Your buses are more than overcrowded…,” the NGT bench said, adding that most buses are empty in the afternoon while buses going to the airport after 9.30 pm have few passengers.
The Tribunal directed the DTC to carry out a study to bring base line data, rationalisation of bus routes and details about maintenance of DTC buses “which is not a farce”. “We don’t want a great thesis. Give us a specific reply,” it said.
The Tribunal said the DTC should “change buses when traffic is lean”, favouring those which are “smaller in size”.
It also asked about the cost of running such buses and the noise caused by them.
The counsel appearing for DTC told the bench that per trip cost around the Ring Road is Rs 60, which includes CNG cost, driver and conductor charge and maintenance charge of buses.
The NGT also said that as far as maintenance of buses was concerned, the DTC should ensure that they were satisfied. “If maintenance is okay, there can be no hanging bumpers and rubber strips in your buses. Ensure physical inspection through your senior officers. If your message does not reach the driver and conductor, then there is no point in the inspection,” it said.
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