Cases filed over pollution, unscheduled stops by City buses

Cases filed over pollution, unscheduled stops by City buses

A surprise check of BMTC buses by the Transport department resulted in the booking of 600 cases.

The cases mostly pertain to buses stopping in the middle of the road and causing noise pollution.

This despite the BMTC issuing a circular to drivers and conductors not to stop the buses anywhere on the road and make sure that their vehicles run in good condition to reduce inconvenience to others.

 A total of 332 cases were booked against drivers and conductors of buses that stop in the middle of the road and obstruct traffic.

 Drivers and conductors of another 280 buses were booked for noise pollution. 

The BMTC’s directions came following a rap from High Court Chief Justice D H Waghela, who took up a suo motu PIL due to the rising pollution levels in the City. 

He had expressed serious concern over noisy BMTC buses causing traffic congestions by stopping at undesignated places.

In its affidavit filed before the High Court, the Transport department stated that it has set up ten special squads to check pollution and has booked over 600 cases against BMTC buses for noise pollution and for stopping in the middle of the road, between August 4 and August 15. 

It was also submitted that 9 of the 12 emission test equipment at BMTC centres were defective. 

Following the High Court direction, the BMTC issued a set of directions to the drivers regarding dos and don’ts. 

The circular directs for inspection of the air pollution control centres of BMTC. Further, it has decided to increase the strength of BMTC’s patrolling vehicles, Sarathy, from the existing 11 to 16 to ensure effective monitoring.    

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