After 2 deaths at Vadapalani depot, MTC staff allege working conditions are poor

Two Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) employees were killed and six others injured after an MTC bus driver lost control and the vehicle rammed the wall of the staff waiting hall at the Vadapalani bus terminus in the wee hours on Sunday.

Police said the MTC bus 17-E was brought to the Vadapalani depot around 0100 hrs, when the driver inadvertently rammed into the wall of the resting Room, where the crew members were sleeping. In the impact, the resting room wall collapsed and the eight staff members were trapped under the debris.

The incident sent shock wave among the passengers and MTC employees. A large number of MTC employees staged an agitation demanding proper protection and security to the crew.

Following the accident, the MTC crew members at the terminus did not operate the buses for sometime and staged a road roko. They demanded the government should support the families of the deceased. They alleged that their working conditions are poor.

Transport Secretary J. Radhakrishnan visited the spot and consoled the victims’ families. He also met the injured in the hospital. Later addressing the media, he said necessary compensation would be provided to the families.

The deceased were identified as Bharati (30) and Sekar (48). Both of them were employed as mechanic in the depot. The injured, Masilamani, 48, Thanigaivel, 40, Yuvaraj, 45, Pattuswami, 35, Balamurugan, 35, and Kalsa, 40, were rushed to the Kilpauk Medical College Hospital.

The Vadapalani police have arrested Bala Murugan under IPC section 279 (rash driving) among other charges. Bala Murugan, driver of the Broadway-Saligramam bus (17E), was trying to park the bus in the demarcated space around 12.40 am when the vehicle went out of control, sped over the kerb and rammed the 10-foot wall of the hall where the staff were sitting and talking.