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One in five BMTC buses are over-aged: Survey

BENGALURU: The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), which as soon as owned brand-new buses, is now suffering with over-aged vehicles.

The Economic Survey of Karnataka for 2018-19 released on Friday displays 19 per cent (1,267 buses) of the 6,631 vehicles operated via the state-run company are previous. In 2017-18, the choice of such buses was once 15 per cent.

But what comes as a shocker is the truth that the choice of over-aged buses have long past up despite BMTC redefining tips touching on the operational life of buses. Currently, BMTC scraps a bus after it completes 11 years or clocks eight.5lakh km. Earlier, buses that have run 7.5km or completed 10 years have been junked.

The new scrapping coverage lets in BMTC to operate previous buses, forcing citizens to shuttle in vehicles that aren't roadworthy. While the lifespan of buses comes down because of road conditions and heavy site visitors in Bengaluru, it also pushes up maintenance cost.

The share of BMTC’s fleet utilisation has lowered from 87% in 2017-18 to 83% now. This manner a majority of the schedules are being cancelled on account of reasons like breakdowns, prime maintenance cost, loss of spare portions and site visitors congestion. Every month, an average of 350 breakdowns of buses are being reported, which translates to 11 an afternoon. In 2018-19, BMTC inducted 279 new buses and scrapped 325 previous ones.

Officials attributed the lengthen in induction of latest buses to a National Green Tribunal’s stay in adding new diesel buses and financial crunch. In 2018-19 (till November), it recorded a loss of Rs 221 crore, taking the cumulative loss to Rs 384 crore.

Though BMTC could induct 80 electric buses under the Centre’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme, the process was once delayed after new shipping minister DC Thammanna insisted on purchasing buses instead of leasing them. “We’re making plans to induct 1,300 buses after receiving the NGT’s approval,” mentioned an legitimate.

Vinay Sreenivasa of Bengaluru Bus Prayanikara Vedike, an NGO, mentioned: “BMTC is resorting to these ways (expanding operational existence) of buses to hide up the federal government's failure in providing financial assistance, however commuters are on the receiving end.”

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