With an average of almost 22 buses per day, around 3320 Aapli Buses broke down within a span of five months starting from January to May this year.
As per a report in TOI, “Apart from poor maintenance, the buses break down frequently due to the ageing fleet. Of the over 330 buses plying every day, at least 200 have already completed 10 years.”
Aapli Bus service, used by 1.5 lakh commuters daily, is operated by Traveltime City Bus, Hansa City Bus, and RK City Bus operators, which have been allotted by the NMC. While there were around 470 breakdowns in March, 906 buses broke down in May. As per the same report, NMC hasn’t yet taken any preventive action. Moreover, there’s no system to monitor the same.
One of the regular commuters, Alka Zade, who daily uses Aapli Bus services, told Nation Next, “The condition of the buses have just degraded. They aren’t even clean. Moreover, they are very old. Its high time the buses are scrapped and new fleet is added.”
When we spoke to Deepraj Pardikar, Deputy Mayor at NMC, he said, “I agree they are in a bad condition. Lot many decisions were taken during the budget meeting of NMC recently. However, we are yet to decide in detail vis-à-vis the condition of the buses and what exactly needs to be done. But it’s not that there’s no system to monitor the problem of Aapli Buses.”