Nagpur: Chief Fire Officer Rajendra Uchake has said that around 35 passengers narrowly escaped after a massive fire broke out in the moving Aapli bus at Vidhan Chowk on Thursday morning. No casualties or injuries were reported to any person, The cause of the fire is not yet known.
Around 9.10 in the morning, an Aapli bus (MH31CA6010) had left for Khaparkheda from Mor Bhawan bus stop. And the bus had caught fire at around 9.20 in the morning near the Reserve Bank of India.
Along with this, the driver Kishore Bhute and the conductor Gaurav Kamble, taking full speedy action, had also thrown out of the bus. And due to the presence of plastic seats on the bus, the fire had engulfed the entire vehicle in no time.
Due to the same incident, the traffic on the route of Kamptee-Wardha was also completely affected for more than an hour.
Even on the information, two fire tenders from Civil Lines fire station have also reached the spot and the fire has also been completely controlled.
Huge increase in the number of fire incidents
This is also the third incident of fire on a moving city bus in the last two months. About two buses were also being operated by RK City-based in New Delhi. And sources also allege that the company is completely ignoring the safety rules in these buses.
After this incident, Radhakrishnan B asked the Transport Department to visit all the Aapli Bus Depots across the city. And it has also been instructed to inspect whether all the bus operators were following the SOP while maintaining the fleet.
Along with this, a team of Administrative Officer (Transport Department) Ravindra Page, DIMTS local head Suryakant Ambadekar, transport department officials Yogesh Lunge, Adit Chhajed, and others has also visited the depot.
Deputy RTO Ravindra Bhuyar also expressed concern over the huge increase in the number of fire incidents in city buses. On Friday, a meeting was also held with the officials and operators of the Transport Department of NMC.
He has also said that according to RTO records, 32 Aapli buses are also such which do not have fitness certificates at all. He has fully informed the department long back that the safety measures and equipment should be prescribed in the buses carrying passengers as well.