Pune: Serious lapses in maintenance of the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) buses resulted in the accident on Monday morning near Warje flyover, where around 18 passengers sustained minor injuries and one was seriously injured after the steering rod of a PMPML bus broke down.
Sanjay Shitole, member of PMP Pravasi Manch, told Sakal Times, “The PMPML authority does not focus on regular and preventive maintenance. They need to appoint a person, who would be in-charge and responsible for maintaining the buses. The authorities play a blame game by just pushing the responsibility onto each other when it comes. Sometimes, it is the inadequate manpower or spare parts, or the responsibility of the companies that deliver these buses, that are blamed for lack of maintenance.”
According to him, the regular maintenance includes checking of the brake, battery and other electronic parts. “The accident, which happened on Monday, underlines the need for maintenance. They have to regularly check the steering road, fire safety and other things,” Shitole said.
Meanwhile, it is not only the accident, which brought the focus on lack of maintenance, but continuous breakdown of buses in many parts of the city causing severe inconvenience to passengers daily. Four buses suddenly broke down on Ganeshkhind road near Rajiv Gandhi slum area. While on Sunday, a passenger used social media to tell about how passengers survived after back to back three buses broke down.
The passenger claimed that when he took the bus from PMC to Hinjawadi phase one, three buses broke down by the time he reached Hinjawadi.
“PMPML officials are unable to handle the problem. If a man keeps falling ill, it is clear that something is seriously wrong with him and that he might need surgery or strong medication. Similarly, PMPML buses have been breaking down frequently in the past three to four years and the figures keep increasing with each passing day. The system needs complete overhauling. There is a big question mark over the maintenance aspect as well,” he said.
Shitole raised a question on fire safety norms that are also not followed by the authorities. “If buses are catching fire frequently and brakes are failing, it shows they are not being maintained properly at the depots, and the depot managers are not doing their jobs. The rules made by Mundhe were commendable and someone should ensure that they are being followed,” said Sanjay Shitole.
The incident took place at 10.45 am near the flyover over the highway. The bus went 10-12 feet down the road. The injured persons have been admitted to Mai Mangeshkar hospital.