Double Decker and Vestibule bus launched in Capital
In yet another surprise move, the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation has introduced a brand new Double Decker, and a Vestibule bus in the capital city. The buses were flagged off on March 01, 2011 by the Transport Minister, Shri Jose Thettayil at East Fort. The new double decker buses will offer passengers the lost pride of traveling in a majestic bus. Vestibule buses are being introduced for the first time in the city.
The double-decker bus will run on the route East Fort-Shanghumugham Beach, via Palayam, General Hospital and Pettah. The bus is based on an Ashok Leyland Titan Chassis, and the body is built by Antony Garage Mumbai. The bus was purchased at a cost of approximately Rs. 32 lakhs. The bus can seat 31 passengers in the lower deck and 42 on the upper deck. The bus has only one entry, and that is at the rear of the bus. The old double decker buses were withdrawn from the city about 5 years back – one of them have been refurbished and will be used for tourist runs.
The new Vestibule bus is 16-metres in Length, and is built on an Ashok Leyland Chassis. The bus will be operated on the East Fort-Kesavadasapuram-Medical College-Kumarapuram-Kannammoola-East Fort, circular route. The vestibule buses can seat 59 passengers in a 2×2 pattern, and can take 30 standing passengers. Both the new buses will levy only ordinary fares. According to initial reports, the buses are receiving very good response from passengers.