The Delhi-government run buses appear to be turning the 'killer Blueline' way registering almost double the number of fatal accidents in the first three months of this year compared to the same period last year.
According to Delhi Police statistics, 21 fatal accidents were reported by Delhi Transport Corporation buses this year till March 31 as against 11 during the corresponding period last year.
"This makes a sharp increase in fatal accidents by DTC buses. People have been raising serious concerns about how dangerously the DTC buses ply on the road and the same is reflected in fatalities caused by these vehicles," Satyendra Garg, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said.
He pointed out that the strength of DTC buses has gone up but did not feel that it would alone account for the sharp increase in accidents.
"Surely the way the DTC buses are being driven leaves much to be desired," he said.
To check the menace, he said, traffic police have prosecuted these vehicles whenever grave violations "come to our notice".
"As against 454 prosecutions in first three month last year, there has been a quantum jump of prosecutions this year to touch 1,799, which is nearly four times than last year," he said.
"All these measures and sensitising senior officers of DTC about the ground situation, it is hoped, will lead to better situation during the rest of the year," he said.
He pointed out that another menace on the road was the Gramin Sewa autos meant to cater to rural areas.
"These vehicles are flouting all rules and besides extreme overcrowding these are a menace to safety and traffic flow as well. We are prosecuting them despite people accusing traffic police of patronising them."