PMPML installs fire fighting systems in 1,100 buses
The decision to install the fire fighting systems was taken by the 12-member committee in FebruaryUpdated: May 06, 2019, 17:34 IST
Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) has installed fire fighting systems in its 1,100 buses, as a precautionary measure. The fire fighting system includes fire extinguisher and coolant for the engines.
“ Taking note of the incidents in which buses catch fire, we have decided to install fire fighting systems in all our buses. So far, we have installed these systems in 1,100 buses. In the next two months, the same will be installed in the remaining buses in the next two months,” said Sunil Burse, chief engineer,PMPML.
As per the reports, there has been three fire accidents involving PMPML buses in 2019 and six in 2018. So, the transport body has constituted a 12-member committee to probe these incidents. According to officials, the committee also conducts a monthly audit of the buses.
The decision to install the fire fighting systems was taken by the 12-member committee in February.
The committee includes representatives from PMPML, Tata Motors, Regional Transport Office (RTO), Ashok Leyland, Anthony Garages Private Limited, Mahalaxmi Automotive and fire audit consultants.
The current fleet strength of the PMPML is 1,373, while additional 577 buses are operated by private companies on contract basis.
Burse said, “The department has given instructions to the private bus contractors as well to install fire fighting systems in their buses. In case of emergencies, the bus drivers and the conductors will have to use these systems.”
Adequate training has been given to the drivers and conductors in this regard, said Burse. In the last 3 years, PMPML has reported a total of at least 20 bus fire catching incidents.