Delhi HC rejects plea challenging purchase of new buses for DTC


Delhi HC rejects plea challenging purchase of new buses for DTC

The Delhi High Court on Monday (October 22) rejected a plea which challenged the state government’s decision to procure 500 standard floor buses (SFBs) for the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).

The proposed procurement was opposed by a differently-abled person, Nipun Malhotra, who has moved two PILs challenging the Delhi government and the DTC’s decision to buy 2,000 standard floor buses (SFBs) instead of the low floor buses (LFBs) for the national capital. After hearing arguments of both sides, the high court had earlier reserved its decision on the procurement of 500 SFBs.

On October 10, the AAP government and DTC urged the Delhi high court to permit procurement of 500 standard-floor buses for the national capital, saying that these vehicles were primarily meant for rural areas on the city outskirts where the roads were poor.

Malhotra, represented by advocate Jai Dehadrai, contended that SFBs were not disabled friendly as they were mounted on truck chassis and their height prevented differently-abled persons from boarding them. Read More

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