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BMTC breakdowns cause snarls in city

By: Mahima Paul
Bangalore, Oct 4: The number of cases of BMTC buses breaking down in traffic has gone down by 184 this year, but resultant traffic jams continue to hamper movement in the city.
Last year, 2570 buses broke down, as against 2754 the previous year.

Sumit, an employee at JP Morgan, Marathalli said, “A breakdown occurred recently in Doddanekundi under the railway bridge, when I was leaving from office. It is usually very crowded area and if something like this occurs suddenly it’s a huge trouble for all the people with an urgent cause. The jam was for near an hour.”

This puts the traffic police in a problem, too. “Buses break down very frequently; also there is no easy towing for these buses. It leads to traffic jams and we are soon planning to report to BMTC regarding these breakdowns” said Abhishek Goyal, DCP (Administration).

“The main reason for the break down is condition of the roads in Bangalore. Traffic is again a major reason the vehicle will move very slowly which stresses the engine. We check the vehicles every alternative day, even we have regular check at ever 20000 kilometers and there are few things which are not in our hands it’s a machine so anything can happen any time” said Mallikarjun S, Chief Mechanical Engineer (maintenance).

Krishniah Shetty Chief Mechanical Engineer (P) BMTC, said “What we have observed in our workshop is bad condition of tires due condition of roads in Bangalore, around 25per-cent of the received breakdown buses have tires problems. There is a delay in supply of parts, which further causes more delay in the replacement.”
Mr. Mallikarjun informed that BMTC has 6092 regular buses  and 24 AC buses on the road. . “We are planning to introduce 1500 buses this year,” he said.

“The use of several old buses might be a cause for the increment in the breakdowns. The vehicle which is old does not mean it’s scrap. For scrapping we follow a procedure and examination done by engineers after that they make a report and accordingly,” he added.

The bus drivers do not have it easy, either. “Our work is to drive vehicle not to maintain it, condition of buses are very bad if we complain also no one response and we are the one who suffer if any breakdown occurs. Officials also blame us for these breakdowns. We are employees we can’t do anything.” Said Ramakrishana BMTC driver.

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