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
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.”