PUNE: After receiving numerous complaints against bus drivers of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) for driving recklessly on the city roads, a legal notice has been served to the transport undertaking for negligence since 2008, in implementing safety measures resulting in fatal accidents.
The notice was sent by Advocate Asim Sarode on behalf of Sajag Nagrik Manch and PMP Pravasi Manch, Pune on Wednesday.
The notice was sent after a recent accident near SP College on July 8. The bus with depot number 1489, while going to Swargate slowed down to help a passenger Poonam Maniyar to get down at a bus stop near SP College.
But, suddenly the bus picked up speed and proceeded towards Swargate.
“In such a situation in which the driver abruptly increases the speed, it is difficult for any passenger to get down. Unfortunately, Poonam who just had come to the exit door to get down, fumbled and fell and was dragged under the bus and then crushed as the driver unexpectedly accelerated the bus,” said the notice.
“The bus took the life of a young college girl Poonam Maniyar and this is a clear result of irresponsible and insensitive approach of the PMPML towards the implementing safety measures,” said the notice.
According to the activist, in the past 34 days seven fatal accidents occurred. In the past six months 14 deaths occurred due to negligence of the PMPML.
“These accidents show how PMPML is implementing safety measures. There is no independent inquiry by the PMPML authority. The public utility has not taken any efforts to periodically publish the appointments and recommendations of inquiry, action plan, status of implementations, defaulting responsible PMPML officers and take action against them. We are awaiting prompt action to check mishaps,” said Jugal Rathi, PMP Pravasai Manch.
Activists also demanded time-bound independent inquiry of each accident, time-bound action plan on recommendations, fix responsibility of defaulters and take stern action on responsible officers, including filing criminal cases for negligence resulting in death and coordinate with authorities like PMC, PCMC, RTO, traffic police and others.