Under severe criticism over incidents of low-floor buses catching fire,the state government assured the Delhi High Court on Thursday that there would be no such occurrence while sportsmen are being ferried in the vehicles during the Commonwealth Games.
Submitting an affidavit before a Bench headed by Justice A K Sikri,the government claimed that the bus manufacturers,Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland,have already been directed to ensure that their vehicles are completely safe. The authorities are committed to adhering to the highest standards with regard to the vehicles,it added.
The court was hearing an application by amicus curiae A J Bhambhani,who contended that low-floor buses were still a threat as they were not being inspected properly before roll-out. It further claimed that the defects could lead to a lot of embarrassment,especially if the vehicles burst into flames while participants are being ferried around during the Games. The lawyer also cited a similar instance in Pune,where the CBI had lodged an FIR after a low-floor bus caught fire due to a manufacturing defect.
Countering the averments in the application,the governments affidavit stated that no problems would occur during the Games because all the norms were being complied with. The affidavit further tried to clear governmental agency Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) of any responsibility,stating that it was the duty of the Central Institute of Road Transport to inspect the buses before they are rolled out on the streets.
The court has now sought reposes from bus manufacturers over the issues raised by Bhambhani.
The government had launched low-floor buses last year,after the court directed that Blueline buses be phased out.