Private drivers making RTC lose its 'safe' tag

Private drivers making RTC lose its

The ‘safe travel’ image maintained by the TSRTC for decades is taking a beating with several accidents getting reported allegedly because of the...

Hyderabad: The 'safe travel' image maintained by the TSRTC for decades is taking a beating with several accidents getting reported allegedly because of the negligent driving by the temporary drivers hired by the RTC after the workers have gone on strike from October 5.

The RTC has been maintaining higher safety standards in running the bus services and trained the drivers to ensure accident-free journey on all routes. The Corporation proclaims 'RTC Prayanam Surakshitam' (RTC travel is safe) on all its buses.

A top official of the Corporation said that the RTC has the track record of the lowest accident rate in the country with just 0.07 per cent with a fleet of 10,000 buses.

This has been the USP of the Corporation compared to the luxurious buses of private operators as commuters preferred safe journey with the availability of trained drivers.

According to the officials, RTC has a head count of 50,000, including 20,870 drivers and out of them 25 per cent of the drivers were not involved in any accidents.

However, the recent accidents during the last fortnight have dented the image of the RTC.

There untrained and inexperienced drivers and their negligence is said to be the reason for the accidents during the last fortnight even as the staff of the Corporation has been involved in the strike.

It has been 17 days since the TSRTC workers have gone to strike and there seems to be no end to the deadlock with both the government and workers JAC not coming down.

During the last 16 days, there were many reports of accidents allegedly because of the negligence of the drivers who were appointed on temporary basis.

On October 8, a resident of Naguldevulapally village in Sangareddy district D Yadaiah (35) died after an over speeding bus by allegedly driven by a temporary driver hit him. On the same day, an old aged woman was injured after a lorry hit the RTC bus in which she was travelling.

The driver allegedly parked his vehicle in wrong position near Pulkal mandal. Similarly, on October 10, an RTC bus of Kamareddy depot hit a police-patrol vehicle in Medchal district.

The patrolling vehicle rammed into another four-wheeler injuring two children. The children escaped with minor injuries thanks to the airbags in the vehicle.

In Nizamabad, a migrant worker from Bidar in Karnataka Dhanraj Shinde was knocked down by the RTC bus while he was crossing the road. In another incident, a resident of Chengicherla and a retired Indian Air Force Personnel Ghanshyam Solanki, was run over by an RTC bus at Amberpet.

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