A Ministry of Road Transport and Highways report titled ‘Review of the Performance of State Road Transport Undertakings (Passenger Services) for April 2014-March 2015’ tells us, among other things, the name of the city with the highest number of overcrowded buses.
Yup, ladies and gentlemen, the buses in Chennai are packed beyond capacity.
A TOI report gives us reasons why Chennai buses are so overcrowded:
1. There has not been any adequate increase in the number of buses.
2. Bus routes are unusually long. At times city buses travel the distance traversed by state buses in a single trip.
3. Most buses are too old to even run properly, causing accidents.
Of course, old, overcrowded buses running on long routes will develop problems. It is no surprise then that we notice buses taking quite a while to come to a halt when brakes are applied.