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Dikshit govt fails on its promise of safe transport system

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The city government had made a series of announcements in three years to regulate the transport system by a slew of steps like mandatory installation of GPS on autorickshaws, taxis and DTC buses as also tougher norms for plying of school buses and erecting electronic information boards on all bus stops.

But none of them has been implemented so far.

The transport department had decided to erect electronic information board in over 1,000 designated bus stops to give a real time details about arrival of the buses but this decision never saw the light of the day.

While hiking taxi and auto fares by 35 per cent in 2010, the government had made it mandatory for auto drivers to install GPS in their vehicles to monitor their movement. The government had added a component in the hiked fare to help the autorickshaw owners install the device but till today around 55,000 autorickshaws are plying in the city without GPS.

Since December 2010, government had terminated permit of nearly 3,000 Blueline buses following public outcry over series of fatal incidents involving them. But some operators are plying the buses unauthorisedly across the city after painting them white.

Dikshit while talking about the brutal gang-rape of the girl had said that the "buck stops" with the Police Commissioner and the Lt Governor for and order in the city and suggested that her hands are tied.

"The entire transport system is run by Government.

The incident had happened on a moving bus. We have to regulate our transport system. How can the Chief Minister abdicate the responsibility," said Delhi President Vijender Gupta. (MORE)

First Published: Sun, December 23 2012. 11:45 IST