Delhi govt cracks the whip on DTC

New Delhi: In a punitive action, Delhi Transport corporation today sacked the driver of a bus which crushed to death a woman and her granddaughter and suspended three other employees including a senior official for dereliction of duty.

A 56-year-old woman and her 13-year-old grand daughter were killed yesterday when a speeding DTC bus, which was being driven by Amar Singh. hit them from behind at Kamla market area.

Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely ordered DTC to take strict disciplinary action against drivers involved in rash and negligent driving and told it that action against senior officials will also follow if they fail to curb such incidents.

Lovely said the driver was reportedly drunk and that is why action against manager of Indraprastha Bus depot V K Gautam has been taken.

"We will not tolerate these types of indiscipline. I told the DTC to caution all drivers against rash driving. Managers of all DTC bus depots have been told to enforce strict discipline among the staffers," he said.

According to official figure, number of fatal accidents involving DTC buses in the current year is around 63.

A senior DTC official said the duty officer of Indraprastha depot and a time keeper have also been suspended.

Lovely said DTC has been ordered to start a refresher course for all drivers apart from carrying out a general awareness campaign on safe driving.

The Minister held a meeting with all depot managers and senior officials of DTC and told them to instill discipline among drivers and other staff.

"We will take strict action against senior officers also if they fail to perform their duties," said Lovely. Following the direction by the Minister, DTC has decided to launch a special campaign from tomorrow to supervise bus operation across the city.