20 col­lege stu­dents in­jured in mishap NMMC withdraws pro­posal to pur­chase ve­hi­cles

Bus com­ing from ST bus stand hit a sta­tion­ary crane; driver de­tained for rash and neg­li­gent driv­ing

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Twenty col­lege stu­dents and driver and con­duc­tor of an ST bus were in­jured Wed­nes­day morn­ing af­ter the bus crashed into a Hy­dra crane ve­hi­cle near Pan­vel. The po­lice have de­tained the driver of the bus for rash and neg­li­gent driv­ing.

There were around 40 stu­dents in the bus which pro­vides reg­u­lar daily ser­vice to Rayat Shik­shan Sanstha Ma­hatma Phule Arts, Sci­ence & Com­merce Col­lege, Pan­vel (ASC Col­lege) from Pan­vel ST bus stand at 9.30am.

The ac­ci­dent took place around 9.45am near NH4B by­pass.

While 13 stu­dents, who were in­jured, were dis­charged af­ter treat­ment at MGM Hos­pi­tal in Kamothe, seven who sus­tained ma­jor in­juries have been ad­mit­ted in hos­pi­tal.

Six of them at MGM Hos­pi­tal and one at Gune hos­pi­tal in Pan­vel. The driver and con­duc­tor have been ad­mit­ted to A po­lice­man in­spects the ST bus which hit a sta­tion­ary crane near NH4B by­pass.

MGM hos­pi­tal. All are re­ported to be out of dan­ger.

A stu­dent said, “The bus was speed­ing when just be­fore the toll naka, it crashed into a sta­tion­ary crane. We were all thrown out of our seats. I saw the con­duc­tor twist his leg. Most of us re­ceived in­juries in the mouth

and some were bleed­ing.”

She said, “Stu­dents who were not in­jured were taken to col­lege by a per­son in his ve­hi­cle.”

Kapil Ghoble, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of ASC col­lege, said: “Most stu­dents were of first year sci­ence. The stu­dents come from the ru­ral ar­eas of Pan­vel

and the spe­cial bus ser­vice is an ad­van­tage for them. They assem­bly at Pan­vel bus stand and take the bus to reach the col­lege.”

He added, “This is the first time that such an ac­ci­dent has oc­curred. We have al­ways had good co­op­er­a­tion from ST of­fi­cials but at times some per­son­nel do not fol­low norms.

Here, the driver was at fault.”

Ac­cord­ing to se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Pan­vel city po­lice sta­tion, Su­nil Ba­jare, “Prima fa­cie, we have found that the driver was at fault. The crane was sta­tion­ary and parked on one side. Its driver and cleaner were out of the ve­hi­cle.”

He added, “The ST driver told us that it was rain­ing and as he started to descend the slope, his leg seems to have slipped and he could not brake prop­erly, re­sult­ing in the col­li­sion.”

He said, “We have de­tained the driver Vinod Patil and fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on. None of the stu­dents was in­jured se­verely.”

The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) ad­min­is­tra­tion was on Wed­nes­day forced to with­draw a pro­posal for pur­chase of ve­hi­cles af­ter stand­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber MK Mad­hvi re­vealed that the ve­hi­cles can­not be reg­is­tered by the RTO un­der the pol­lu­tion norms of the gov­ern­ment.

He ques­tioned if the pro­posal was due to lack of proper study by of­fi­cials or whether there was more to it.

The pro­posal per­tained to pur­chase of two pick up vans (Tata LPT 407/34EX2PS HD BS3) for the anti-en­croach­ment de­part­ment of NMMC. The ad­min­is­tra­tion had stated that it plans to pur­chase BS3 ve­hi­cles at a cost of Rs19 lakh.

Ob­ject­ing to the pur­chase, Shiv Sena cor­po­ra­tor MK Mad­hvi said, “It is shock­ing that the ad­min­is­tra­tion is planning to pur­chase ve­hi­cles which will not be reg­is­tered by the city RTO.”

Mad­hvi, who sub­mit­ted doc­u­ments to the ad­min­is­tra­tion, said: “The pol­lu­tion con­trol boards of the state and the cen­tral gov­ern­ment have banned the reg­is­tra­tion of BS3 type ve­hi­cles for the huge pol­lu­tion that they cause in the en­vi­ron­ment.”

He said, “The norms first came into be­ing in 2010 in some cities and in 2012 they were banned in cities like Mum­bai and Navi Mum­bai. In 2016, the ban has come into ef­fect in the en­tire coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to Mad­hvi, “Such reg­is­tra­tions are tak­ing place only in Pan­vel RTO, I don’t know how. Any­way we do not have any prop­erty in Pan­vel so how can we pos­si­bly get the ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered there.”

He asked, “Be­sides, how can we have such pol­lut­ing ve­hi­cles in our city which is al­ready suf­fer­ing from high pol­lu­tion lev­els. Let us pur­chase BS4 ve­hi­cles which are less pol­lut­ing.”

Cor­po­ra­tor Ashok Gurkhe said, “There is a need for big­ger ve­hi­cles as large-scale de­mo­li­tions are tak­ing place and en­croach­ments are be­ing re­moved.”

Ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ankush Cha­van said, “We are com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing pol­lu­tion lev­els in the city and will not take any step that goes against it.”

He added, “The doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted by the mem­ber show that the gov­ern­ment has asked for BS4 ve­hi­cles to be pur­chased. We will cer­tainly not com­pro­mises on it.”

Cha­van said, “We will with­draw the pro­posal. We will look at other op­tions in­clud­ing big­ger ve­hi­cles and those that are less pol­lut­ing.”

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