Pune: The accident on Monday involving a Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) bus has shaken up the public transport body’s administration. It has decided to thoroughly examine buses being run by contractors. The drive was started on Tuesday.
As a result, one of the contractors did not send out around 20 buses due to lack of maintenance and repair, said an official.
Around 18 passengers were injured on Monday after the steering rod of a bus broke and the bus, while turning left on the Pune-Bangalore 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 has started taking immediate steps.
PMPML has around 653 buses belonging to five contractors on lease. As many as 70 buses have been taken off the roads. Around 588 buses are running on various routes. Around 450 buses run regularly everyday. Also, it has been observed that many buses break down on roads daily. Monday’s accident has raised doubts about their maintenance. Activists also claim that they are not focusing on maintenance and repair of buses on a regular basis.
“Maintenance and repair of buses belonging to contractors has always been an issue. The administration takes action against contractors if their buses are involved in any such incident. Now, the administration has decided to inspect all buses. From now on, regular maintenance, RTO passing, servicing, brake, clutch, gear, steering and others will be checked and a report will be submitted to the higher authorities every 10 days,” said an official.
“An independent team has been formed at each depot. Whenever contractors’ buses enter the depot, the team will inspect them thoroughly. If any fault is detected, it will not be released. The contractors have already been issued a notice in this regard,” said the officer.