Strike over however rickety buses nonetheless an inconvenience for commuters, Auto Information, DFL
Hyderabad: Whereas lakhs of individuals depend on Telangana State Street Transport Company (TSRTC) buses for his or her day by day commute, the buses themselves have grow to be a significant downside. Almost half of the prevailing fleet are outdated and have run their lifespan.
Put on and tear of those buses is seen with commuters complaining of frequent breakdowns. Many of those buses lack correct seats, home windows and even foot-boards.
“Since the past few years, the condition of most of these buses is only deteriorating. Last week, a bus I took from Secunderabad to Kondapur broke down near Jubilee Hills. The passengers had to push the bus to the side of the road to avoid traffic congestion in the area,” stated P Jaideep, a resident of Secunderabad. There have been over 60 passengers travelling within the bus.
“Overloading could be one of the reasons for its breakdown. There is no way these buses can handle more passengers than their actual capacity. The passengers panicked when the bus started moving backwards after breaking down on the busy road. I suspect that even the brakes were not working properly,” Jaideep stated.
One other commuter, M Dayanand stated: “I have been using RTC for my daily commute since the last 30 years. Lately, it has become difficult to even read the bus numbers or route while it is approaching as the lights that illuminate the bus number and route do not function. A few months back, I had a frightening experience when one of the tires suddenly burst on Moosapet flyover.” He added that there was a time when it felt protected to journey in an RTC bus however that is now not the case.
Including to the woes, consultants stated that these buses plying by means of the town produce excessive emissions as they don’t seem to be maintained correctly. “These buses have become one of the biggest polluters in the city. As per the rules, every bus is supposed to get a mandatory pollution check every six months but that rarely happens. Neither the traffic police nor vehicle inspectors appointed by transport department conduct checks to ensure if these buses have a pollution certificate,” stated Janardhan Rao, a retired TSRTC worker.
Based on R Ravinder Reddy, joint chief environmental engineer (JCEE), Telangana State Air pollution Management Board (TSPCB), age of the automobile, upkeep, and automobile load are the three main parameters for buses. “Improper maintenance may lead to accumulation of carbon in combustion pipes, causing improper burning of fuel. Buses that are overloaded also release more smoke causing pollution. As the engine gets old, the fuel efficiency reduces,” stated Reddy. Nevertheless, new autos can deal with overloads higher than the older ones, he added.
“We conduct pollution checks every six months at depots for all city buses and fitness checks every year. We are soon going to organise special raids to check buses plying without pollution and fitness certificates, first-aid kits and other things,” stated C Ramesh, joint transport commisisoner, Regional Transport Authority (RTA).