PMPML passengers have a close shave

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 27 August 2019

SIMILAR INCIDENT
Around 35 passengers of PMPML bus had a close call on Monday morning after a fire broke out in the engine compartment of the bus at Phase II of the Hinjawadi IT Park. The driver informed all passengers to move out of the bus. No one was injured in the incident.

PUNE: AAs many as 20-25 passengers of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) suffered a fright in new Dive Ghat after the bus driver found brakes on his vehicle had failed on Monday morning. This is the third such incident within 10 days. 

The incident took place at around 6.30 am when the bus was coming towards Hadapsar. 

As per the witnesses, the driver tried to slow the bus at Dive Ghat area. He found that the vehicle’s breaks were not working. He immediately informed the conductor and passengers. The driver managed to stop the bus after hitting a boulder. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. 

This latest accident raised questions about the safety of passengers. If the driver had not managed to stop the bus, a major accident could have happened. 

The first such incident was reported on August 16 on Bengaluru highway near Ambegaon and the second incident was reported on August 22 near Tofkhana in Shivajinagar. 

“The bus (MH 12 EQ 8002) belonged to Hadapsar depot and was coming from Saswad to Swargate. At around 6.30 am, the driver found that the brake was not working. All passengers were safely evacuated. Apart from passengers, 5-6 PMPML staffers were also on board. The inquiry report will be submitted on Tuesday,” said Subhash Gaikwad, spokesperson of PMPML.

A passenger, Yuvaraj Zende, said, “I boarded the bus at Zendewadi and it was operating well when it arrived at Nimiaghat. Suddenly, the driver found that the brakes were not working. Due to driver’s alertness, we were safely evacuated.”"

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