Referring to the Supreme Court opinion on the scope of judicial review in policy matters, the Delhi Government has urged the Delhi High Court to refrain from interfering with the BRT corridor issue.

In an affidavit filed through R. P. Meena, Additional Commissioner of the Transport Department, urging the Court to maintain the sanctity of the BRT corridor, the Government said: “Maintain sanctity of the BRT corridor because if any other vehicles are allowed in BRT corridor, no bus will be able to reach designated platform for proper embarkation and disembarkation of passenger.”

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Delhi Government to apprise it by July 23 of its views on the Central Road Research Institute’s recommendation to open up the BRT corridor to vehicles other than buses to ease traffic jam along the dedicated stretch.

Taking a contrary view to the expert body’s recommendation, counsel for the Government, K.T.S. Tulsi, submitted that as the Government was a party in the petition against the dedicated corridor for the buses and it had not been heard on it so far, it wanted to file an affidavit on it.

Notwithstanding the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) criticising the BRT corridor in south Delhi, the Delhi government on Tuesday resolved not to scrap it and hinted that it would undertake more such projects.

Delhi chief secretary P.K. Tripathi said government was determined to go ahead with the project as the BRT between Ambedkar Nagar and Delhi Gate has improved flow of bus transport.

The Delhi high court on Thursday directed the city government’s transport department to retain, till its final order, the arrangement that allowed plying of all vehicles in the lane reserved for buses on the BRT corridor between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand Hospital in south Delhi.

The division bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw asked the government to allow all vehicles to ply on the lane reserved for buses on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor till it passes an order on a PIL that sought opening of the corridor to all vehicles for smooth traffic movement.

Cabinet approves the buses under Clusters 6, 7, 8 and 9

The Delhi Cabinet on Monday paved the way for increasing the number of buses plying under the cluster scheme in Delhi to 3,000 by permitting the implementation of four new clusters. Following the Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said her Government has been trying hard to augment the fleet of public transport buses in Delhi.

As many as 708 challans were issued and eight vehicles impounded by the Transport Department of the Delhi Government on Monday, the first day of its week-long drive to check compliance with regard to pollution under control (PUC) certificates by all types of vehicles.

Stating that the drive would continue up to June 18, the Department said 30 enforcement teams have been deployed in various parts of the city to check the PUC certificates.

A special eight-day drive will be launched by the Delhi Transport Department beginning this Monday to ensure adherence to pollution control norms by commercial and private vehicles.

Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said on Thursday that 30 mobile teams of the enforcement wing would be deployed at all entry points to the city and major intersections. A special holographic sticker will be pasted on the front side of the pollution certificate of the vehicle after examination.

From “development with a human face” in the 12th Five Year Plan, Delhi will be moving towards becoming a “good, productive and caring city” in the 12th Plan that begins in 2012, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said as she presented the Delhi Budget for 2012-13 in the Assembly on Monday.

Noting that in the years ahead special attention will be paid to the qualitative improvements of the vastly upgraded infrastructure, Ms. Dikshit said the city will also fulfil the needs of the productive and creative citizenry by looking at their training, skill up-gradation and financing needs.

The first allotment of the 500 houses for the Economically Weaker Section, constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, will start soon and continue till all the nearly-15,000 houses had have allotted to jhuggi-jhopri cluster households.

Apart from this, the Delhi Government said in the Budget, presented by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, that it had invested Rs.2,597 crore till March 2012 in regularisation of unauthorised colonies for providing basic civic services therein.

New Delhi: A year after Delhi government launched the bus cluster scheme, Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh feels the dynamics of the city’s public transport system has undergone a change.

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