2 CNG Aapli busses caught fire in the Hingna depot, gutted.

Image result for 2 CNG Aapli busses caught fire in the Hingna depot, gutted.Nagpur: Conversion of diesel-powered city busses to CNG came under a microscope after two busses parked in one of the four bus depots of Aapli Bus mysteriously caught fire early on Monday morning.
No casualties were confirmed, said NMC’s transport committee chairman Narendra alias Balya Borkar, adding that both busses were completely gutted.
According to Borkar, at approximately 12.30 a.m., more than 140 busses of the Orange City Street depot were parked in the Hingna depot when one of the CNG busses suddenly caught fire. “The unmanned bus has suddenly switched to another CNG bus parked nearby,” said a senior NMC Transport Department official.
The warning depot personnel, however, stopped the fire from spreading further and helped to save other busses. If the workers had not acted quickly, a major tragedy could have ended, as the depot is surrounded by residential areas, the official said. The official, however, ruled out any wrongdoing. He said that the preliminary analysis of the CCTV cameras mounted there did not show any activity near the busses when the fire erupted.
Such two busses were part of the NMC’s push to convert 237 regular diesel busses to the CNG mode of transport. The NMC had entrusted the task of converting diesel-powered busses to CNG for the Rawmatt Group. Although the company got a nod from the regional transport office to run CNG-converted regular busses on city roads, sources said the incident caused fear among passengers traveling on these busses.
Sources said that despite being mandatory, most Aapli busses lack fire extinguishers. Borkar reported that the depot operator had been told to seek damages from the insurance company.

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