Busy With Puja, Officials Ignored Bus Repair: Driver

Published: 27th October 2015 05:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th October 2015 05:29 AM   |  A+A-

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BENGALURU: Maheshkumar M, driver of the bus that was involved in a serial accident on Monday told the police that after dropping some of the passengers near Adarsha Hills Apartment the vehicle was moving towards K S Layout. When he reached the Apollo Pharmacy Junction, he realised the brakes of the bus were not working, he said.

“I have complained repeatedly about the technical problems in the bus to the mechanics at the depot. But they ignored repair work giving some reason. This time they said they were busy with Ayudha Puja and so could repair it next week only,” he told the police.

He also wrote an explanation letter to the BMTC officials stating that the bus had a technical problem and this was what caused the mishap. “Nothing was wrong with him while he was driving,” he states in the letter.

BMTC officials visited the spot along with a senior mechanical team and after examining the bus, they told Express that the driver did not apply brakes as the bus was running in a neutral condition.

“However, we are yet to find the exact problem with the bus and it will take some more days,” they said.

Protest Against BMTC Apathy

Speaking to Express, B N Raghu, president, Autorickshaw Drivers’ Union, said negligence on the part of BMTC caused the mishap and this was becoming frequent. “Following the latest accident, we plan to protest against the BMTC at the Shanthinagar head office for not maintaining its buses in a proper condition,” Raghu said.



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