New Delhi: Recently pressed into service, the cluster buses (orange low-floor buses) in Delhi seem to have been going by the Blueline way.

Within 17 days of its start, the first cluster of these buses running on public-private partnership model has been tagged as ‘killer’ buses. Out of the 47 orange low floor buses, 30 have been involved in road mishaps during the past 17 days.

Though no casualty has been reported, the recently introduced buses have been damaged. On an average, one or two mishaps involving the low floor buses are reported each day. These buses have bumped into trees, banged into boundary walls or hit other vehicles. As a result, the front and rear glass of most of these buses have been shattered.

Operating companies of those buses as well as the government agency Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System Ltd. (DIMTS) authorities are left baffled by the high number of road mishaps involving these buses.

Though a company official confirmed the news, he did not hold the blame bus drivers responsible.
A source said, “Most of the cluster bus drivers are used to drive old Blueline buses, therefore they are unable to adopt the new technologies used in the modern low floor buses.”

The source also added that the modern buses have automatic gear while the old blue line buses have manual gear. According to him, it was the main reason of high number of road mishaps in the initial stage.
The consolation for commuters is that the low floor buses have a speed control (speed governor), therefore the maximum speed they can touch is 40km per hour.

17 low floor cluster buses came into service from May 5 and within 13 days the number of the buses reached 47. These have been plied on rout no 419 (Ambedkar Nagar Old Delhi station), Route No. 522 (Ambedkar Nagar and Rajendra Nagar), route number 411 (Ambedkar Nagar Moreaget).

JPN/Bureau