Tuesday, July 14, 2009

BEST King Long bus caught fire on LBS Marg

A BEST King Long bus caught fire on LBS Marg on Saturday. This is the third instance of the expensive King Long buses catching fire in two years; each bus costs around Rs 55 lakh.

Saturday’s fire was brought under control in a few minutes, investigating officer and Parksite police station sub-inspector Sudhakar Bhande said.

“But despite that, the bus was gutted,’’ he said, adding that the 30-odd passengers, the driver and conductor of the bus escaped unhurt. The incident occurred around 9.15 am and all passengers were accommodated on another bus. But the incident triggered a traffic snarl on the busy road; it took around three hours for the traffic to return to normal as the bus had to be towed away.

The bus (route 461) was plying from Borivli to Mulund. Its driver immediately called officials at the BEST control room and fire engines were sent to the spot. “A minor short circuit in the engine caused the fire,’’ Bhande said.

According to officials, some problems were reported on the bus on Friday and it was a mistake to bring the bus out before repairing it. BEST general manager Uttam Khobragade said that the damage was not much despite police and eyewitness accounts saying the opposite was true.

Times of India
Shreya Bhandary I TNN


I am RIFAT said...

your blog is nice

bala said...

when the best is introducing the new buses under jnnrum plan ???

Preeti said...

They are great, more frequency should be increased. I can see people using it more and more specially the BRTS4 commuting to Oshiwara depot.
Preeti Patel