Pune: The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), Pune division has started checking and inspection of all Volvo buses, after the incident in Khadki on January 28 where two person were killed and one injured after getting hit by the rear panel door of the bus. The MSRTC has asked the technical team of Volvo to inspect all vehicles and submit a report within a month.
The incident took place on January 28, when the three person were standing at the PMPML bus stand at Sarvatra Vihar Chowk in Khadki. The deceased were identified as Deepak Bhaskar Sorte (55), resident of Janaki Apartments in Aundh and George Aashirwadan (27), resident of Sarita Apartments, Kasarwadi. The injured person was identified as Arokyadas Aryak Swamy (62), resident of Khadki. The hydraulic door of the bus’s engine cover had opened reportedly due to the jerk received by the vehicle after it went over a speed breaker. The metalic door had then hit the three injuring them grievously.
“The Volvo buses are hi-tech and if any door opens a ‘beep’ is heard and a notification light warns the driver in his cabin. On that day, the beep was not heard by the driver and there was there was no notification light in the cabin. Due to lack of awareness the incident happened. So we asked the Volvo officials to re-check all buses under MSRTC Shivneri, Shivshahi and Ashwamedh. The technical team of MSRTC will take part in the inspection,” said a senior official of
MSRTC, Pune division.
MSRTC has a fleet of over 100 air-conditioned buses including Ashwamedh, Shivneri, Shiv Shahi and Sheetal of which almost 50 per cent are operated from Pune. These buses come with doors with either hydraulic or manual locks which open laterally.
The transport body announced it would pay compensation of Rs 10 lakh to next of kin of the deceased. It’s also bearing the cost of treatment of the injured individual apart from paying a suitable compensation. The driver involved in the accident has been suspended. Soon after the incident, the police had taken him into custody and sought a report from the MSRTC.