After it was found that the bomb which exploded in Kabutarkhana in Dadar, was apparently kept on top of the shelter of a bus stop, serious questions have been raised about the safety of these bus stops.
Officials have been complaining about beggars, shopkeepers and hawkers stacking goods, boxes and other material on top of these shelters, with no one to keep a check on them. In the light of the blast, the BEST officials are now contemplating being stricter with the contractors responsible for operating and maintaining the shelters.
“We have been telling the administration to send letters to the contractors and ask them to increase vigilance, as part of their job” said Sunil Ganacharya, BEST Committee member.
The committee has, for long, been debating over the safety of these buses, but their concerns have reached deaf ears. We have been telling them regularly check them at least while collecting revenue,” said Ravi Raja, another BEST committee member. They now want the contractors to keep the top of these shelters clean and inspect them once every week or ten days.
The BEST administration is still clueless on what more could be done to prevent such incidents in the future. “It is practically impossible to constantly monitor each and every bus stop,” said a BEST official.
The members are likely to discuss the bus shelters in the coming days.