Maintenance not an issue: Transport Minister

Maintenance not an issue: Transport Minister

Maintenance not an issue: Transport Minister

Cases of BMTC’s Vajra and Vayu Vajra air-conditioned buses breaking down on the IT corridors in the city are becoming apparent with each passing day due to poor maintenance. However, Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy and the department officials deny this charge.

Reddy says he has been personally monitoring the maintenance of the buses, and had taken officials to task when complaints of poor maintenance were received. “I also direct the officials to ensure that buses should be kept in good condition to provide hassle-free service to the passengers," he adds.

On other measures taken to keep the buses in good condition, Reddy gives the example of a depot in Yelahanka. The depot has been exclusively reserved for the Volvo company representatives for maintaining these buses. Besides, a technical divisional controller has also been appointed, he informs.

The city’s public transport utility has a fleet of 675 air-conditioned buses that operate in the IT corridors from Electronics City to Majestic, ITPL to Majestic, and to the Kempegowda International Airport from different parts of the city.

A BMTC official says these buses are presently maintained at five depots in Subhashnagar, HSR Layout, Kathriguppe, Hebbal and Whitefield. The official rules out allegations that second-hand spare parts are being used to repair the buses. This, despite reports that the service provider has gone slow in supply of spare parts due to non-payment of dues.

However, Reddy calls these allegations baseless. The service provider, he says, has given a Rs 8-crore credit limit. BMTC has only Rs 4.5 crore outstanding. If this is the case, how can the service provider stop supplying spare parts, he questions.



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