Saturday, September 25, 2004

Skybus Tragedy

I wrote in a previous post about the ambitious SkyBus project which is proudly called a new concept in indigenous technology. I had also written that there were issues relating to the safety of its operations which have been consistently dogging the project.

The Skybus met with a serious accident this Saturday, September 25th on the specially built self stabilising track, killing one and injuring five. According to D.B. Rajaram, managing director, KRCL, the agency behind the Skybus project, "The accident occurred most likely because the bogie was heading at a higher speed than it should have. Also, it oscillated to a higher degree than we had expected." He also said that his pet project would not be affected by this accident and went on to add that every project faces some ups and downs.

The question that still remains from the previous post is "What remains to be seen is that can it move beyond its testing stage?"

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