Lack of maintenance is being cited as the primary reason behind the recent incidents of low-floor buses catching fire or emitting smoke.
According to the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), a preventive inspection of all its 650 low floor buses will be carried out to ensure such incidents do not recur.
However, DTC officials have rubbished all claims of the bus design being faulty and claimed that in most of the cases it was not a case of fire but smoke emitting out of the buses.
“Lack of maintenance is one of the reasons these incidents happen,” said Naresh Kumar, managing director, DTC.
“We have spoken to Tata Motors who is responsible for the overall maintenance of these buses and they are now going to deploy engineers round the clock at all the DTC depots for maintenance purpose. Presently, these engineers are not present throughout the day. They are going to get their engineers from various plants for the purpose.”
Kumar added that Tata Motors have been asked to upgrade their maintenance system to ensure such problems do not persist.
“Running these buses require a lot of grease and at times it gets quite hot leading to generation of heat in the wheel. This results in smoke emitting out of it. We are trying to sort this problem. We have identified that most of the problem is occurring chiefly in the rear wheel,” said as senior DTC official.
Recently, the Delhi government had appointed a committee of four technical experts to assess the quality of the maintenance of buses after a low -loor bus caught fire near Moti Nagar in West Delhi on December 3.