The Delhi High Court has inquired a reply, on Wednesday, from Centre, Delhi Government, and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), regarding the plea asking the restart of public transport in the national Capital. The next hearing is scheduled for 20 May.
The plea stated that the Center has been unsuccessful in providing public- transport, and as per Article 14 of the Constitution, it hasn’t been able to provide equal opportunity to all the employees for employment.
With the lockdown still in place, some relaxations have been permitted to some places other than red zones. As such, industries have started operation, adhering to the safety and hygiene norms set by the Government. Transport has been allowed with one person on a two-wheeler and two in a four-wheeler.
But a large part of the population does not own private vehicles. And they rely on public transport- buses, auto/cycle rickshaws for instance.
With no decision upon transport and opening of industries, workers approached the court for not being able to move to their employer’s place as required by them.
As such, the court has sought response from the transportation department about the same. The plea also gave directions so as to make guidelines to ensure the safety and hygiene of the passengers. The plea stated, “On average, lakhs of people make the journey from their home to their places of work and back, daily. Therefore, by allowing establishments and offices to operate, without the operation of public transport, the Government of India has failed to take this part of NCT Delhi’s working population. This leaves a large portion of the working population without the means to reach their workplaces when now they are explicitly required to by their owners/employers.”