After the Pakistan suspended the Delhi-Lahore Bus services from its side over the scrapping of 370 Article, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has cancelled the bus service on Monday. The DTC’s decision to suspend the bus service came after the Government of India took the decision to discontinue with this service.
"Consequent to Pakistan's decision to suspend the Delhi-Lahore bus service, DTC is not able to send bus (from Delhi to Lahore) from August 12," said DTC.
A Pakistani minister on Saturday has announced to suspend the friendship bus service from Monday. A Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus was scheduled to leave for Lahore on Monday 6 AM. However, it did not leave due to the Pakistan's decision to suspend the bus service, the official said. According to officials, the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) has also telephonically informed the DTC about suspension of the service from Monday.
The last bus for Lahore from Delhi was left on Saturday morning carrying two passengers while the return bus from the other side reached the national capital carrying 19 passengers in the evening of the same day.
The Lahore-Delhi bus service is operated from Ambedkar Stadium terminal near Delhi Gate. DTC buses ply every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and PTDC uses every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, from Delhi to Lahore. The bus service did not operate on Sunday.
For the return trip, DTC buses leave Lahore every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday whereas the PTDC buses are available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
The Delhi-Lahore bus service was first started in February 1999 but suspended after the 2001 Parliament attack. It was restarted in July 2003. It had, however, continued with a depleted number of passengers even when bilateral relations between the two countries had worsened following the Pulwama terrorist attack and Balakot surgical strikes in February this year.