Shivshahi bus catches fire in city; no casualties

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 7 January 2019

“There were no passengers in the bus as it was heading from Prasanna Purple’s service centre in Kasarwadi to Shivajinagar. It was scheduled to depart for Shrirampur from Shivajinagar,” said Yamini Joshi, Pune Divisional Controller, MSRTC.

Pune: The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC)’s Shivshahi bus caught fire and was gutted in Pune on Sunday. Luckily, no passengers were travelling in it at the time of the incident there were no casualties.
 
The Shivshahi bus (MH14 BU 2310) operated for the MSRTC by Prasanna Purple group caught fire near Kasarwadi on Sunday morning when it was coming out of the service centre. While Shivshahi buses are under the scanner for high number of road accidents, this is for the first time a bus has caught fire.

“There were no passengers in the bus as it was heading from Prasanna Purple’s service centre in Kasarwadi to Shivajinagar. It was scheduled to depart for Shrirampur from Shivajinagar,” said Yamini Joshi, Pune Divisional Controller, MSRTC.

According to a senior official from the Pimpri depot, the fire on the bus was first noticed at Kundan Nagar, Pimpri. 

Officials with Pimpri Fire Station said they received a call about the fire incident at 7.03 am. “We were told that a Shivshahi bus had caught fire near Kundan Nagar. A fire tender and a team were pressed into service promptly. But by the time they reached the spot, a big part of the bus was already gutted,” said a fireman with the station.

Joshi said the private contractor has been asked to investigate the incident and submit a report to the MSRTC. “They have started an inquiry into it to ascertain the reasons behind the incident. The company provides and operates seven Shivshahi buses for Pune Division,” said Joshi.

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