Substandard BMTC buses raise concerns
The quality of 1,500 buses inducted into the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation’s (BMTC) fleet under the JNNURM scheme over a period of three years is under question. Most of the buses are substandard with broken or missing windowpanes and rickety coaches.
While each of these buses was procured at a price of Rs 26 lakh, in less than 3 years the condition of buses has deteriorated with travel now endangering commuters lives. Most of the windows adjoining the seats reserved for women lack glass panes, leaving one side of the bus completely exposed. BMTC officials blame the defect on weak window pillars and over-burdening on the left side of the coach.
Despite being below quality, the repair on buses has been delayed as BMTC does not have spare buses in it’s fleet to replace the ones under repair. Also, BMTC has just two repair workshops, one at Shanthinagar and another at K.R Puram despite the number of buses in the fleet having gone up three times from 2,000 to 6,000 units.