TSRTC goes hi-tech: Hyd to become Volvo City
TSRTC Goes Hi-Tech: Hyderabad to Become Volvo City. While their counterparts in Seemandhra are under a strike scare, the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) is all set to introduce their new fleet of buses to run on the city roads.
- CM KCR likely to launch the new fleet in two weeks
- The fleet has state-of-the-art safety arrangements along with CCTV cameras
- Initial run from Dilsukhnagar to Patancheru and Uppal to Kondapur
While their counterparts in Seemandhra are under a strike scare, the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) is all set to introduce their new fleet of buses to run on the city roads. The fleet comprises Volvo-8400 series buses which have state-of-the-art safety equipment installed.
According to A Koteswara Rao, director, TSRTC, Greater Hyderabad zone, “The new fleet of buses were bought under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme. A total of 80 buses were sanctioned of which 50 have arrived. These buses cost Rs 1 crore each. We are confident that these would enhance image of the city on the global front.”
These buses are built to meet the current urban bus specifications and they come with a host of new features, enhanced standards in safety, passenger convenience and comfort. Features include rear under-run protection, lateral protection, wider wheel chair ramps, walking stick/crutch holders for passengers with special needs, new high-comfort seats with headrest and greater reclining, automatic fire detection and suppression system in the engine area and on-board telematics for better passenger information systems.
A senior spokesperson with TSRTC informed that these buses were being registered and were undergoing other formalities. “We are planning to start the fleet on two routes-- Dilsukhnagar to Patancheru (218 D) and Uppal to Kondapur (113 K/L). Chief Minister KCR is likely to inaugurate the new fleet in a couple of weeks, the date is yet to be ascertained,” the spokesperson added.
These buses are likely to hit the Hitec City roads after completion of the registration and other formalities and also after seeking the final technical clearance from the concerned agencies. Volvo city buses have been successful in attracting passengers away from their personal vehicles. The first Volvo city bus was introduced in Bengaluru in 2006 and today there are 1,200 Volvo city buses across 15 cities in India.