No MoU, Delhi mulls banning entry of state buses

In the absence of a mutual memorandum of understanding (MoU), the Delhi government is mulling banning the entry of buses from neighbouring states, including Uttarakhand.

The Kejriwal government’s decision may affect daily travel of over 30,000 passengers who commute in almost 450 buses that run between various depots of Uttarakhand and Delhi.

Talking to TOI, Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot said that according to the law, an MoU was necessary to run inter-state buses. “The Delhi government is only trying to put the law in place. We have already issued letters to all the neighbouring states that run buses without an MoU.”

He added that the MoU was necessary to ensure safety and better facilities to commuters. “If an MoU is not signed at the earliest, buses from Uttarakhand will be stopped at Delhi’s Anand Vihar terminal.”

The decision has, however, left commuters and roadways employees worried and they feel that the move will be a major setback.

Ashok Chaudhary, president of Uttaranchal Roadways Workers Union, said: “Over 30,000 people from Uttarakhand take buses to Delhi from various state depots on a daily basis. The number touches 50,000-mark on weekend and during festivals. If the services are banned, not only will the residents suffer but our business will also run into losses.”

He added that the state government should have signed the MoU earlier to avoid such a situation.