Bus fires send Delhi government into tizzy
New Delhi: Concerned over the spurt of fire incidents in the newly inducted low floor buses, Delhi government officials will on Thursday meet the representatives of the manufacturing company Tata Motors Ltd.
A fire was reported in a low floor bus at Moti Nagar in North Delhi early Thursday.
"The main agenda at the meeting will be to find out the reasons behind the incident," a Delhi government official said Thursday.
The meeting was called following a fire incident in a low floor bus Wednesday evening. Though nobody was injured, the incident was the third of its kind in a week.
The incidents have been a setback for the Delhi government's plan to phase out the fleet of privately-owned Blueline buses before the Commonwealth Games next year and replace them with 3,500 low-floor CNG-fuelled buses.
Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has 3,559 buses, including 631 non-AC and 25 AC low-floor buses and 2,903 standard-floor buses. The entire fleet of the state-run DTC is fuelled by compressed natural gas (CNG).