Pune: A Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) bus caught fire at Kothrud depot on Saturday. The bus was parked at the depot and ready to depart. Fortunately, there was no casualty in the incident as there were no passengers in the bus at the time.
This is the third such incident within 10 days of a PMPML bus catching fire. Two buses had caught fire on December 6, one at Chinchwadgaon depot and another was gutted near the Regional Transport Office (RTO).
According to an official of PMPML, the CNG bus was parked at Kothrud depot and ready to depart. Suddenly, there was smoke visible from the inside of the bus and within a minute, the bus was gutted. "The driver had started the engine and got down to check air pressure of the tyres. Suddenly, there was smoke from inside. He immediately informed the depot manager and then they called the fire brigade office of Kothrud," said Subhash Gaikwad, Public Relations Officer of PMPML.
Earlier, the bus was operated under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. The bus used to ply under Prasanna Purple Mobility Pvt Ltd (PPM).
Back to back fire incidents has put PMPML in the dock, but they have no answers yet. PMPML had set up two separate teams to investigate the fire incidents. The reports are still awaited. In fact, the PMPML did not know about Saturday's incident till the afternoon.
"We had not received any information till 12.30 pm. Even we don't know the reason behind the back to back fire incidents. There are two teams including Tata Motors Pvt Limited and Ashok Leyland experts who are investigating the case. The board is waiting for the final report," said Gaikwad.
Recent PMPML fire Incidents
Date/ Location/ Time
November 27/ Dive-Saswad Road/ 1.45 pm
December 6/ Chinchwadgaon/ 1.45 pm
December 6/ Near RTO office/ 5.30 pm
December 16/ Kothrud Depot/ 7.15 am