PMPML seeks ARAI’s help to prevent fires

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The PMPML lost 20 buses in last 18 months, which amounts to an average of one bus per 45 days. The PMPML claims that the life span of most buses was over and fire incidents mainly took place on such vehicles.

Pune: Despite various inquiries and study reports, the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has failed to find out the reasons for the fires on their buses. 

The PMPML has now decided to take help from Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) to deal with the problem.  The ARAI will find out the reasons for the fires and suggest solutions. 

The PMPML lost 20 buses in last 18 months, which amounts to an average of one bus per 45 days. The PMPML claims that the life span of most buses was over and fire incidents mainly took place on such vehicles.
 
But this claim is baseless as most of the buses that caught fire were eight to 10 years old while the standard life span is 15 years. 

The PMPML fitted anti-fire mechanism on some buses. Last year the PMPML started installing fire extinguishers on buses. 

However, the incidents of fire haven’t declined. After examining gutted buses, vehicle companies pointed to lack of scheduled maintenance by PMPML. 

PMPML officials said they are going to take help of ARAI to find a solution. 

The PMPML also gave a similar application to Central Institute of Road Transport for help in the matter.

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