RTC buses: Are they safe?

The Kondagattu accident, which claimed 57 lives on Tuesday, and another one which claimed the lives of three people on the road in Gachibowli on Monday, were only the latest in the growing number of mishaps involving RTC buses.

By Author  |  Published: 13th Sep 2018  12:14 amUpdated: 12th Sep 2018  11:37 pm
Kondagattu Bus Tragedy

Hyderabad: Two accidents in two days, together claiming 60 lives, apart from several recent accidents in which more were killed and many injured, has put a question mark on the safety of Road Transport Corporation buses, both for passengers and those out on the roads.

The Kondagattu accident, which claimed 57 lives on Tuesday, and another one which claimed the lives of three people on the road in Gachibowli on Monday, were only the latest in the growing number of mishaps involving RTC buses.

According to officials, nearly 10 per cent of road accidents in the State capital were caused by RTC buses. Across the State, in the last six months, more than 70 persons were killed in accidents involving RTC buses, including the Kondagattu and Gachibowli mishaps. More than 50 were injured in other incidents as well.

From 2014 to 2017, 767 accidents involving RTC buses were reported in Hyderabad, in which 247 persons were killed while 618 were injured. About 60 persons are killed every year in Hyderabad in mishaps involving RTC buses.

Speaking to Telangana Today, Additional Director General of Police (Railway and Road Safety) Sandeep Shandilya said most of these accidents were caused by the negligence of the driver or due to over-speeding.

“Accidents can also be reduced if the vehicles are mechanically fit apart from careful driving,” he said.

RTC bus drivers have to be more careful in driving as they are carrying several passengers and have to be alert right throughout the trip, he said, adding that anti-drunk driving vehicle checks to keep an eye on bus drivers were being intensified.

RTC officials to counsel bus drivers

Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) in-charge Managing Director Sunil Sharma on Wednesday instructed regional managers to counsel the drivers every day on precautions to be taken to avoid accidents while on duty.

After the ghastly accident which took place at Kondagattu on Tuesday, Sharma held a meeting with senior RTC officials and instructed them to review the speed limits of the buses and regulate them, if necessary.

Officials were told to conduct training classes for all drivers duly inviting police, traffic and other experts on road safety to make them aware of the safety measures.

Sharma directed officials to identify alternate routes for safe travel through buses at Kondagattu in coordination with other departments concerned.

Meanwhile, a committee was formed with Police, R&B, Transport and RTC personnel to analyse the cause of the accident and to suggest remedial measures to avoid such type of accidents in future.