Electric Bus Overturned At Tirumala Ghat

Tirumala/Hyderabad, May 25 (Maxim News): An Olectra electric bus of Megha Engineering Company, which was recently introduced on the Tirumala Ghat Road, went out of control due to brake failure. Crossed the Ghat Road, went into the valley, hit a tree and overturned.

Six devotees survived the accident with minor injuries. The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon. The Alipuri Depot electric bus from Tirumala carrying 29 devotees left for Tirupati via the first ghat road, before turning at high speed, lost control and hit the divider. Later, it hit the guard barricades and went into the valley, hit a tree and overturned. The valley is eight to ten meters deep. SPF personnel who were passing by immediately responded and broke the front glass of the bus and brought out the passengers. The injured were shifted to Bird Hospital at Tirupati.

TTD chairman orders inquiry into electric bus mishap on Tirumala Ghat road

Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams (TTD) chairman YV Subba Reddy has instructed the TTD authorities to conduct a thorough inquiry into the bus mishap which took place on Wednesday, on the down Ghat road from Tirumala to Tirupati.

He also instructed the authorities to construct a concrete retaining wall on the down Ghat road to prevent accidents. The TTD chairman visited the accident spot on Thursday and interacted with the officials about the cause of the accident.

Interacting with media persons, the TTD chairman clarified that there was no technical problem with the electric bus, which met with the accident and caused injuries to the passengers and the driver. Stating that the high speed or driver’s negligence might be the reasons for the mishap, he said that the officials would conduct an inquiry and submit a report.

With the blessings of Lord Venkateshwara Swamy, a major mishap was averted and the commuters had suffered only minor injuries, he said and added that TTD would be taking all measures for the safe return of pilgrims visiting the Hill Shrine. Instructing the officials to take steps to avoid the recurrence of such mishaps on the Ghat road, he suggested the authorities provide another round of training to the drivers for operating the electric buses. TTD CVSO Narasimha Kishore, transport wing GM Sesha Reddy, RTC regional manager Chengal Reddy, representatives of Olectra electric buses and others were also present.

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