Exploiting the popularity of its premium Airavat (Volvo) services on long routes, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) (Indias Most Preferred Inter-City carrier) is planning to add another 90 brand new Volvo and Mercedes Benz buses to its fleet of luxury buses on several routes from next month. So Karnataka RTC would be deploying 56 regular Volvo buses to introduce 27 new schedules including one to Thrissur from Bangalore and one in Kannur – Kollur route.
These bus would definitely affect the collection of our Two TATA Globus and one Super Deluxe Air bus which is running from Thrissur. The main reasons for this is that the fare difference between the AC bus and Volvo Bus. Volvo fare from Thrissur to Bangalore is 480, while the Globus buses charge Rs-437. The difference is just 43 Rupees. So obviously the passengers will prefer Volvo buses instead of Going by a simple AC bus. (No Need to carry Umbrellas in Volvo Buses, It will not pour).
The next benefits which passengers are going to get by Karnataka RTC is a Blanket, One bottle of Mineral Water and Television. Our AC buses don’t have anything which i specified above.
Karnataka RTC has also announced that they are going to introduce 20 Multi-Axle Volvo buses in long routes. They will deploy the multi-axle Volvo buses on its most popular routes – between Bangalore and Mumbai, Shirdi, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune; Mangalore and Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad and Mysore and Chennai and Mumbai. Multi-axle buses promise to offer more comfort than the regular buses.
At Present Kerala RTC is operating “One” Volvo bus service to Bangalore from Thiruvananthapuram while Karnataka RTC is operating Two Volvo buses from Bangalore to Thiruvananthapuram (One Via Salem, One Via Mysore), One Volvo To Palakkad, Two Volvo Buses to Ernakulam (Some times they put one special Volvo bus on weekends too), One Volvo to Kasargod, One Volvo was running to Kottayam, But nowadays its stopped i guess.
It is the right time for Kerala RTC to concentrate on the Interstate permits and buses. KSRTC is still running Super Fast buses to Bangalore, while Karanataka RTC is running Volvo Buses To Kerala. Please remember that there are only few Kannadigas which are using the buses to Kerala. All the premium services running to Kerala are using by Keralaites only. (Mostly IT Professionals). They will not travel in Super Fast buses. Kerala RTC is nothing as compared to Karanataka RTC, But at least try to keep the level of Premium Services in all the Bangalore bound buses. Its a request.
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