Student organisations stage protest against ageing buses being used by colleges
KHAMMAM: Six persons were hurt, one of them seriously, as bus carrying college students overturned near the railway bridge on by-pass road here on Saturday. The bus being operated by a private post-graduate college located on the outskirts of the town, was on its way to the college when it went off the road.
The injured were shifted to the hospital by the police with the help of onlookers. A major part of the chassis of the vehicle turned into a wreckage which was lifted by cranes. Traffic came to a standstill on the road. The whole episode resulted in a heavy traffic jam on the by-pass road.
Swathi, a second year MBA student suffered a rib fracture. She was rushed to the private hospital in the town. Her friends Pavani, Nagalakshmi , Harsha and Navakanth were also treated in the same hospital. The bus had undergone fitness test only a fortnight ago.
Student organisations including the NSUI, TNSF and TRSU staged a protest demonstration at the site of accident. They complained that aging buses were being used for transportation of students by various colleges.
The protesters alleged that the Transport Department officials also turned a blind eye to the problem which had put the lives of students at stake.
They went on protest in front of the RTA office later in the day. They presented a memorandum to the Transport Department officials demanding steps to keep old vehicles off the roads.