Delhi High Court strongly rebukes state government for not getting disabled friendly buses

The Delhi government came in for some tough talking to from the Delhi High Court on Thursday. The court told the Aam Aadmi Party government that it could send its officials to prison for violating the Supreme Court's 19-year old direction to increase the number of buses.

It also pulled up the Delhi government for not buying low floor disabled- friendly CNG buses in the last 10 years. The reason? The cost was unrealistic.

The bench asked the government why it thought the cost given by Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland for supplying the buses was "unrealistic, exorbitant and unjustifiable".

Court "pained" by Delhi government's attitude

The court said that the government should consider the interests of the disabled persons as well as the environment. It has also involved Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland as parties in the matter so that they can inform it about the basis for the costs of their low floor CNG buses.

Delhi government's behaviour is "unfortunate", says court

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Nipun Malhotra, who suffers a locomotor disability and has challenged the Delhi government's move to get 2,000 standard floor buses at a cost of Rs 300 crore.

So far, several thousand standard floor buses have been registered against the Supreme Court judgement and the petitioner has indicated that he would pursue the plea for contempt action.

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