100 PMPML buses break down in two days
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However, Prashant Inamdar, convenor of Pedestrains First, an organisation that takes up city's transport problems, said, "If buses break down in such large numbers, as reported by Newsline, the PMPML administration should find out whether the buses they purchase are of standard specification and design. We suspect the PMPML administration could be compromising on specifications and designs. It should reveal the true story," he said.
Pointing out that cities like Mumbai and Bangalore are running their services efficiently, Inamdar said, "If buses break down during short distance trips, this should happen in Mumbai and Bangalore too which is not the case. The PMPML should take a clue from them."
While purchasing buses did PMPML ask for buses required for short distance city service, questioned Inamdar. "Ideally, new buses should not break down for three years. The PMPML should explain how so many new buses are breaking down. If new buses which do not require maintenance are breaking down, then it is serious problem."
He said another key factor was whether drivers were being given proper training. He added, "Even new tyres don't go flat. Only when they become old or if roads are bad, buses have flat tyres."