One of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) bus depots at Ukkadam in the city gets filled with sludge whenever it rains, forcing drivers to walk through it to get into their buses.
With the city receiving intermittent rain in recent days, the bus drivers said the condition of the Ukkadam II bus depot has become worse. “We have raised the issue with higher officials several times, but to no avail,” said one of the drivers.
The agitated drivers have shot a video of the depot filled with sludge and circulated it on social media.
It is at the depot where drivers park the buses after their shift and mention the issues that the buses faced in the logbook. Mechanics would go through the logbook and work on the issues to improve the vehicles’ condition.
A driver, who requested anonymity, said it was very difficult to get into the bus without getting their clothes dirty. They said the depot was also poorly lit up in the early hours of the day.
Another driver said, “Even if we park the buses on the front side for easy access, mechanics will move them to the far end. We have raised the issue with the depot manager, but a solution is yet to be found.”
An official, meanwhile, said road work was going on next to the depot. “Since it is a slope, rainwater flows into the depot, carrying mud. Now that the rain has stopped, things will improve in a day or two,” he said.
While the dewatering process going on in the city, some issues need to be concerned and the officials in the bus depot take the complaint and clear the sludge since the rain has stopped.
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