Thiruvananthapuram: KSRTC-Swift bus has met with road accidents twice in its maiden trip here on Tuesday. The semi-sleeper bus was plying from Thiruvananthapuram to Kozhikode. The first accident happened at Kallambalam, Thiruvananthapuram and the other at Kozhikode bus stand. KSRTC has raised suspicion about the incident.
The bus is operated by KSRTC-Swift, the new wing of KSRTC that was formed for managing long-distance buses. Notably, KSRTC-Swift mandates stringent norms for drivers. The drivers appointed on contract basis has been told to maintain the buses with utmost caution. As per the KSRTC-Swift’s contract clauses, those drivers causing accidents from negligence will be dismissed. The objective of the KSRTC-Swift is to curtail damages to buses. It is important to note that among the 18 Scania buses bought by KSRTC, some were wrecked by collisions.
Meanwhile, KSRTC MD Biju Prabhakar alleged foul play behind the accidents and informed that he will request the DGP to initiate a probe into the accidents.
KSRTC will request the police to seize the lorry which hit on the bus.
The first accident happened last night near Kallambalam as a lorry slid over the mirror. The side mirror of the bus had broken in the accident. The bus suffered damage of Rs 35,000 in the accident.
The mirror was replaced with another one and resumed the journey.
Later, when it reached the Kozhikode bus stand, the bus again collided with another vehicle causing scratches and minor damage near its side indicator.
Chief Minister flagged off the first services of KSRTC-Swift on Monday morning. One of these buses met with the accidents.