No end to spate of DTC low-floor buses catching fire

Two more low-floor DTC buses on Saturday caught fire in separate incidents in the capital, raising question over safety of passengers travelling in these vehicles as the city government instituted an inquiry into the mishaps.

New Delhi: Two more low-floor DTC buses
on Saturday caught fire in separate incidents in the capital,
raising question over safety of passengers travelling in these
vehicles as the city government instituted an inquiry into the
mishaps.

Today`s incidents, one near Prahaladpur in south Delhi
and another near Akshardham flyover in east Delhi, happened
within a month of four such low-floor CNG buses of Delhi
Transport Corporation catching fire in the capital.
A bus plying between the Badarpur border and Gurgaon in
Haryana accidentally caught fire in the morning near
Prahaladpur, while another bus plying between Noida and Karol
Bagh faced similar tragedy near Akshardham, police said.
However, nobody was injured in the incidents.

Delhi government instituted an inquiry into today`s
incidents, official sources said. It has already started
separate inquiry into the earlier mishaps.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, however, sought
to downplay today`s incidents, but said that she has convened
a high level review meeting on Monday to discuss the problems
in the low floor buses.
"There was no fire. Some minor problems had taken place.
We have called a high level review meeting on Monday to
discuss the problems in the low floor buses," Dikshit told
reporters.

PTI

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