Fires prompt 800 bus inspection

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INDIA A report in The Indian Express says a day after an Ashok Leyland bus caught fire in Mehrauli, the Delhi government decided to take at least 800 Ashok Leyland buses off the road for a threeday inspection. The Transport department said three buses of the same make caught fire in as many months – all due to short-circuits.

The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has been forced to place older buses into service to cover the shortfall during the inspection.

Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami said: “The buses have been grounded in their respective depots. For the next three days, a team of mechanics from the DTC and Ashok Leyland will jointly inspect the buses to determine any flaws.”

A transport department official told the newspaper: “This is not the first time such an incident has occurred. If such occurrences increase we will have to consider serious action against the manufacturer. The firm has been warned several times in connection with malfunctions but no action had been taken to rectify them.”