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Overloading reason for accidents: Somarapu

Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) chairman Somarapu Satyanarayana on Thursday admitted that overloading the corporation’s vehicles with passengers is one of the key reasons for accidents and said that plans are afoot to replace ageing buses in its fleet.

Mr. Satyanarayana was responding to questions at a press conference in Bus Bhavan.

Expressing his disapproval over taking on board a larger number of passengers than the bus’ seating capacity, Mr Satyanarayana said, “Overloading passengers is bad. It is one of the main reasons for accidents.” He pointed out that while private buses have been asked to adhere to seating capacity, the same should apply for TSRTC buses.

The TSRTC chairman, however added that the transport juggernaut which has around 10,500 buses in its fleet, has a very low accident rate of 0.06%.

Taking a question on the general health of TSRTC-run buses, Mr Satyanarayana said that annually around 800 buses need to be replaced with new ones. This, however, is becoming difficult to do on account of budget and other constraints, he added.

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