Sub­stan­dard BMTC buses raise con­cerns

Commercial Vehicle - - NEWS / CV MONITOR -

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.

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