PUNE: The initial report of the accident of a Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) on July 2 revealed that 30 per cent of buses out of 453 contract buses that run daily on city roads have loose ‘lock pin’ problem, which resulted in an accident due to breaking of steering rod in a bus last week.
Now, the PMPML administration has woken up to the fact that due to damage of lock pin of steering, accidents can happen anytime and has decided to examine the buses being run by contractors. The examination drive started the day after the accident.
According to the report, “Around 453 buses run daily and out of this 30 per cent buses have loose lock pin which is dangerous during the journey. The report suggested to take immediate action against private contractors and impose fine.”
An independent team was formed at each depot. Whenever contractors’ buses enter the depot, the team has a duty to inspect them thoroughly. If any fault is detected, the buses will not be released. The contractors have been issued a notice in this regard, said an official.
A source from PMPML said, “We have already sent a notice to the contractor, whose buses were found with a loose lock pin. We are also imposing a fine on them.”
Around 18 passengers were injured after the steering rod of a bus broke and the bus, while turning left on the Pune-Bengaluru highway to enter the service road, fell on the makeshift houses of labourers, seriously injuring one person.
Luckily, no casualties were reported in the accident. Considering the seriousness of the accident, the administration took immediate steps. PMPML has 653 buses belonging to five contractors on a lease. As many as 70 buses have been taken off the roads, while 588 buses are running on various routes. Around 450 buses run daily. Also, many buses break down on roads.
The July 3 accident has raised doubts about their maintenance and upkeep. Activists claim they are not focusing on maintenance and repair of buses on a regular basis.