Giving two hoots to the guidelines of the apex court, overcrowded buses continue to ply on the city roads- posing serious threat to the lives of thousands of passengers.
The site of travellers hanging outside the doors on footboards and sitting on top of the buses has become a common affair in the city and surprisingly, traffic cops deployed on duty at various light points usually turn a blind eye and act as mute spectators.
On visiting one of the busiest roads in the city, Ferozepur road, one can see buses laden with passengers on all sides, thus causing traffic chaos and danger to their lives. Some people say private bus operators, in order to fetch more money, board passengers more than the capacity of the vehicles.
A transport organisation official said, "Private bus operators carry passengers more than the permissible limit and, thus, pose risk to the thousands of daily travellers. Apart from overcrowded buses, over speeding is another major issue because of which, a lot of people have also lost their lives in the recent past."
Jasleen Kaur, a daily commuter, said, "It becomes really difficult to board buses in the morning as most of them are already jam packed."
The conductor of a private bus said that considering the sky-high rise in petrol prices, it had become really difficult for them to survive if they would not board passengers more than the capacity of the bus.
He added that due to scarcity of buses, passengers also have no option but to board the crowded bus.
District transport officer, Anil Garg, said, "Though we regularly keep a check on over loaded buses and violators are challaned for the offense, we will ensure that more effective measures are taken to stop this practice."
Garg also admitted that the main cause of overloaded buses was less number of routes to some of the most populated areas in the city.