Delhi buses on fire: Sheila says no need to worry

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Delhi buses on fire: Sheila says no need to worry
New Delhi:  There have been six incidents involving low floor buses in Delhi in the past two weeks, but Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has said there is no need to worry.

"People of Delhi need not be worried about low floor buses. There is no problem with low floor buses; it is a technical snag which is being rectified," she said.

Dikshit had convened the meeting in the Delhi Vidhan Sabha to discuss the issue.

Delhi Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely also said that the fire was due to maintenance issue.

"There is a problem of maintenance and not the buses. We have not paid the Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) of Rs 4 crore to Tata because of this. And if need be we can also initiate criminal proceeding," he said.

The Delhi government has also decided to stop the payment for the supply of 331 Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) low floor buses worth Rs 150 crore. These buses were to be delivered by March.

This was decided in a Cabinet meeting on Monday in wake of series of accidents in recent weeks involving these buses.

The meeting comes a day after the rear tyres of a low-floor DTC bus jammed in the Sagarpur area. Last three weeks have witnessed six accidents involving the low floor buses in the Capital, raising a question mark over the government's plan of replacing the Bluelines with 3500 new low floor DTC buses.

There are 993 low floor buses under DTC, out of which 10 per cent are faulty. Seventy per cent of these faulty buses have been grounded at various DTC depots. Around 292 buses are yet to be checked.

Representatives of Tata Motors, the company which supplied the low floor CNG buses to the DTC, are likely to meet the Delhi Chief Minister over the issue.

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