Supreme court’s help sought to ease commuters problems in national capital region

Implementation of common transport agreement signed five years back between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan

GN Bureau | September 28, 2015


#supreme court   #delhi   #uttar Pradesh   #Haryana   #rajasthan  

The Centre has urged the Supreme Court to direct Delhi and its bordering areas like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan to fully implement the reciprocal common transport agreement that had been signed five years back.

According to the Motor Vehicle Act, a permit granted by Transport Authority of one state is not valid in another state unless the other state counter signs such a permit.

"Government of Delhi and UP should take actions to introduce more buses and more routes between East Delhi and Ghaziabad. The same applies for the states of Rajasthan and Haryana. With a view to provide better public transport facilities, the reciprocal common transport agreement had been signed between government of Delhi, UP, Haryana and Rajasthan," said the Centre's affidavit as it seeks to ease commuters’ problems.

The apex court had earlier sought the stand of the Delhi government and the three neighbouring states on a PIL which asked for integrated transport between Delhi and national capital region.

UP too, in its affidavit agreed that the UPSRTC is expected to operate with more services to and from local towns bordering Delhi.

"Although NCR has been developed as a single entity, the people, mostly those belonging to the lower income group, who reside in the NCR, find it difficult to carry on with their livelihood due to the lack of public transport," advocate T V George, who represented petitioner Mohan Singh told the court.

The existing buses between the states are mostly for far-flung cities like Allahabad, Kanpur, Bikaner, Jaipur or Jodhpur. These buses cannot cater to the demand for local public transport.

Therefore there has to be public buses running from Delhi to various parts of Ghaziabad as the district has already developed into an integral part of the NCR.

"If a provision can be added to Section 88 of the Motor Vehicle Act 1988, allowing a public transport permit issued in any part of the NCR to be valid for the whole of NCR, then such a step can achieve the stated objective of unrestricted movement of buses, taxis and autorikshaws within NCR," says George.

"There is a peculiar situation prevailing in Delhi and NCR. Delhi is rapidly growing into a mega city and increasing number of its residents are shifting to houses in the NCR region", said the PIL.

For these people, affordable and easily availability of public transport is a necessity for their livelihood and is a part of their right to life under Article 21 of Constitution of India," said the plea. The PIL said that as far as Ghaziabad district is concerned, there are large residential colonies which have come up over the years but there is no public transport available for the people to travel from these colonies to their work places in Delhi.

Comments

 

Other News

“Whoever has a smartphone and a social media account is a journalist today”

In a scathing attack on media, political analyst Shehzad Poonawala has said that the time of media is gone and anyone with a smartphone and a social media account  can be a journalist today. While speaking to Kailashnath  Adhikari, MD, Governance Now, during the Visionary Talk seri

All you want to know about Republic Day celebrations 2021

India is celebrating the 72nd Republic Day on Tuesday. Attendance at the main celebrations in the capital is limited given the pandemic, yet Covid-19 has not dampened the spirit of the occasion. India’s military might, cultural diversity and social-economic progress will be on display at the majestic

How much time do you spend talking on phone?

How much time do Indians spend talking on phone? It is on average 761 minutes per month, according to a new report from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The telecom regulator released its report, titled ‘The Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicators: July-Septemb

“Developing public health infrastructure key to sustainable healthcare for all”

Renowned cardiologist Dr Ramakanta Panda has said that the pandemic has exposed the inadequacy of existing healthcare systems and it is wrong to draw comparisons with Korea, a country with the population equal to that of a single Indian state. While speaking to Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Gove

SC-appointed panel on farm laws holds first meet

The committee of experts appointed by the supreme court to deliberate with the stakeholders on the new farm laws held its first meeting here Tuesday, with one of its members saying that all stakeholders, including individual farmers, will be heard. Hearing a petition on the farm laws enacted

India’s glitch-free vaccination gathers pace

The nationwide vaccination campaign launched Saturday, the largest such exercise in the world, has started setting new benchmarks, with vaccines administered to 2,24,301 beneficiaries in the first two days. “India has vaccinated the highest number of persons on Day1 under its COVID19 v

Visionary Talk with Shehzad Poonawalla On the State of Current Affairs





Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter