Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Transport Department is all set to overhaul the functioning of the department to avoid any repetition of Sendhwa incident in which 10 passengers were burnt alive in a bus after a scuffle between two bus operators.

Transport Commissioner SS Lal and Bhopal Commissioner Manoj Srivastava held discussion with the bus operators of Bhopal and Narmadapuram to check illegal plying of buses.

It was also decided that all bus owners would be asked to ensure that public buses essentially have two gates and fire extinguishers.

Lal said, “Dress code would be necessary for drivers and conductors. The every bus is required to have fire extinguisher and first-aid box with it.”

 “The Regional Transport Officer (RTO) is required to organize meeting with bus operators to resolve trivial dispute. In addition, the meeting should also be organized at the range level in every three months,” Srivastava said.

The department also wants the bus operators to make all efforts to ensure services run as per schedule.

The RTOs would be required to organize meetings with Road Security Committees on a regular basis.

It has also been made mandatory for bus operators to provide basic information of drivers and conductors to the concerned police station.

JPN/Bureau