787 persons killed, 2,678 injured by DTC buses in 10 years

As many as 787 persons have been killed and 2,678 others injured in accidents involving Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses in the past 10 years.

PTI| Updated: Sep 21, 2014, 16:40 PM IST

New Delhi: As many as 787 persons have been killed and 2,678 others injured in accidents involving Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses in the past 10 years.
According to data available with DTC, 63 persons were mowed down and 184 people injured by its buses from March 2013 to April 2014. During this period, DTC buses were involved in 225 accidental cases, of which 33 took place due to rash and negligent driving.

"During 2012-2013, 251 accidental cases were caused by DTC buses, killing 68 people and injuring 229. Of these cases, 39 accidents occurred due to rash and negligent driving.

"Apart from that, DTC buses killed 77 persons and injured 274, causing 264 accidents in 2011-2012 and of which, 80 accidental cases took place due to rash and negligent driving," according to the data.

In January this year, 600 DTC drivers, who allegedly had got job on fake medical fitness certificate, were alleged to be colour blind by the Information Commissioner M Sridhar Acharyulu.

In an open letter to then Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Information Commissioner had said, "It is alleged that at least 600 have colour blindness and many others suffer from other problems.

"I apprehend (and every one will agree) that if this is even partly true, the right to life of commuters in Delhi city will be under serious and constant threat until it is ensured that every driver is fit enough to drive the buses," Acharyulu wrote.