Two days after HT reported about an increase in the number of breakdowns and ineffective cooling in AC buses in the city, Delhi government has asked the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) to take suitable steps immediately.
"We have taken note of the reported incidents of number of breakdowns and in-effectiveness of cooling in AC buses due to increase in temperature. The DTC has been directed to take suitable steps. It has taken steps to improve the operation of AC buses including retrofitting of AC clutch in the buses and to make all the fans functional," said Ramakant Goswami, Delhi transport minister.
According to senior Delhi transport officials, DTC officials have pointed out that they have been imposing penalties on the service provider, in case of non-availability of AC buses or breakdown on line, as per terms and conditions of the agreement.
"Passengers have been suffering because of the cooling system not working properly. The DTC has been directed to improve its maintenance, clean filters frequently, checking of AC gas on a daily basis," the minister added.
The DTC has also been directed to requisition both manufacturers TML and Ashok Leyland to ensure effectiveness of cooling in the AC buses.
Almost 175 AC buses of DTC break down on city roads every day. Several other continue to run but with ineffective and faulty air-conditioning system. The DTC had purchased 1,250 AC buses just ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2010 for almost R700 crore.