Nagpur: During the inspection of Aapli Buses in four depots by the NMC Transport Department on Friday. Damaged electrical fittings, old fire extinguishers, leaks in fuel tanks, and poor maintenance were the major problems. Essential fire fighting equipment was also found missing in some buses.
In the month of March, the inspection had become necessary due to two incidents of fire in the moving Aapli buses.
The transport department of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation has asked DIMTS – Program Manager of Aapli’s bus – to submit their inspection report on Friday.
In a letter to DIMTS, Administrative Officer (Transport) Ravindra Pagey has stated that preliminary reports regarding the incident on Thursday suggest that the dangerous fire started near the steering. He has also told that every bus should be inspected by the operators and maintenance staff of DIMTS team before leaving the depot.
Ravindra Pagey also said that a week’s time had been given to the operators to submit the compliance report. There is no compromise on the safety of all passengers
City bus service will be changed
The Fire and Emergency Services Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation has also suggested following seven checkpoints in each bus. In a letter to chief fire officer Rajendra Uchake, deputy commissioner and transport manager Ravindra Bhelawe has asked the Department of Transportation to regularly inspect the engine oil and coolant in the radiators to prevent overheating of the engine. The department has also suggested that firefighters should be made mandatory and the transportation of combustible substances like diesel, petrol etc. should be banned.
Nana Patole, MPCC President, said on Friday that there is a lot of corruption in the Aapli Buses service. Those talking of development have earned huge bribes in the purchase of city buses and green buses.
MPCC President Nana Patole has also said that after the change of power in Nagpur Municipal Corporation, the name of the city bus service will be changed to ‘Janata ki Bus’. Because you just belonged to all those people who ruled the civic body and are also responsible for its pathetic condition.
MLC Abhijit Wanjari has said that the fire in the bus happened as a result of corruption in the Nagpur Municipal Corporation for the last nearly 15 years and has also demanded to fix the accountability in the same incident.