In an effort to enhance safety measures, nearly 4,000 drivers, conductors, and technical employees of the UP State Roadways Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) are set to undergo comprehensive training in fire safety. The objective is to equip these personnel with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively handle fire emergencies. Over the last six months, the UPSRTC has experienced approximately five fire accidents in its buses, with three involving corporation buses and two being hired buses. Fortunately, these incidents resulted in property damage only, with no loss of lives.
To address this concern and bolster the preparedness of its workforce, the UPSRTC has collaborated with the Hydrocarbon Sector Skill Council, a government body focused on empowering employees through training and awareness programs related to fire risks. This training, which will be provided free of charge, aims to instill crucial fire safety practices among the workforce.
Transport Minister Dayashankar Singh has emphasized the importance of this initiative, highlighting that the trained employees will be covered by accident insurance amounting to ₹1 lakh. The overall cost of this extensive training program is estimated to be around ₹40 crore, and the financial burden will be shouldered by the Central government.
The training will be conducted through 20 regional workshops spanning 115 bus depots across the state. Each workshop is designed to accommodate 200 drivers, conductors, and technical employees, ensuring a comprehensive reach across the UPSRTC workforce. This government-backed initiative reflects a proactive approach to address the recent surge in fire-related accidents within the transportation sector. The commitment to prioritizing safety aligns with the government’s ongoing efforts to ensure the well-being of its citizens and enhance the overall efficiency of public transportation services.