More Volvo buses for Kochi City
Riding on a wave of positive response to Volvo buses in the City, the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation has announced that it would introduce more Volvo buses in Kochi city. The Volvo buses are purchased using funding from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM). The project was to introduce 50 Volvo buses in the City, in addition to 12o Non-AC low-floor buses. Out of the 50 buses, 28 have already been introduced. Three more buses were recently introduced.
Under the same project, 30 Volvo buses would be introduced in Trivandrum as well, of which 18 have already been introduced. The buses in Kochi have been reporting better revenue, as well as mileage. According to News Reports, the buses in Kochi have been earning Rs. 42 per kilometre, while the buses in Trivandrum earn Rs. 27 per kilometre. The target for break-even operations is Rs. 47 per kilometre. It is reported that the authorities are planning to divert the buses meant for Trivandrum to Kochi.
More details from The New Indian Express:
“Nine more buses will be brought to Kochi by next week. So, of the 60 buses that will be allotted in the first phase, 42 will ply on Kochi roads while Thiruvananthapuram will get only 18,” sources said. KSRTC has asked Volvo to deliver the remaining 20 buses by March 31. If delivered, these buses are also expected to be allotted to Kochi, sources said.
Recently, the KSRTC extended the low-floor services to the suburbs of Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. “In Kochi, the services extended to Perumbavoor and Angamaly are also a success.” In Thiruvananthapuram, though the services were extended to Nedumangad, Thiruvallam and Kovalam, they got poor response. This also might have prompted the authorities to allot the remaining buses to Kochi,” sources said.