Delhi government welcomes SC approval to buy 500 standard buses

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New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) The Delhi government on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to allow it to purchase 500 standard-floor buses and emphasised on the city’s urgent need to increase environment-friendly public transport.

Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot in a tweet said: “Welcome decision by the Supreme Court allowing Delhi government to procure 500 standard floor buses. There is an urgent need to augment environment-friendly public transport in Delhi.”

The Delhi government assured the top court that hydraulic lifts would be installed in the buses for the benefit of differently-abled persons.

The apex court’s order came on an appeal by the Delhi government and the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) challenging Delhi High Court’s June 1 order barring them from procuring 2,000 standard-floor buses without the enabling facility for the special category commuters.

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The decision to buy buses has been taken considering the dire need to augment the existing bus fleet, particularly on rural routes, the government said.



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