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Hi folks,

For ages, we had been discussing matters & issues related to the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, Private Buses (Tourist, Long Distance, Moffusil and City service buses) in various threads. I feel that it shall be better if we can complie all the information related to the road transport in Kerala under a separate thread. We may exclude the cargo related affairs here. However, I feel that more projection to be given to KSRTC and the Private buses used to public transport.

The discussion shall also include the bus stations & the development of commercial centres attached to them, the bus body builders, bus chasses suppliers, etc etc.
 

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KSRTC Projects

KSRTC to vie for ‘model’ tag

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Chief Minister flags off 20 AC buses

Corporation to launch 1,000 buses every year

To generate more revenue from shopping complexes

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has said that the government will strive to make the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) a model public sector undertaking (PSU) of the State.

He was speaking after flagging off the 20 air-conditioned buses of the KSRTC at the central bus station here.

The corporation would launch 1,000 buses every year. The government would extend bank guarantee to the loan to be availed of from financial institutions for purchasing the buses. As part of generating additional revenue, the corporation would construct modern shopping complexes in 30 select bus stations. The complexes would be built with the assistance of the Kerala Transport Finance Development Corporation (KTDFC).

Minister for Transport Mathew T. Thomas said the KSRTC could roll out 188 new buses from its building units in the State. Last month alone, the corporation could roll out an all-time record of 71 buses. The target for December was 80 buses, he said.

Mr. Thomas said the KSRTC could generate an additional revenue of Rs.80 crore once the hitech shopping complexes were completed. A pilot project had commenced in Angamaly. Other complexes would be constructed at Thampanoor, Peroorkada, Malappuram and Kozhikode.

Chairman and Managing Director of KSRTC T.P. Senkumar said the corporation would be able to introduce more buses to Bangalore once the inter-State transport agreement is signed with Karnataka government.

Later, the Chief Minister and other dignitaries travelled in the bus from the central station to the Secretariat.

The KSRTC has spent Rs.32 lakh for each of the 45-seater bus which is off-white in colour with streaks of the tri-colour. The buses will conduct services from Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Kottayam and on busy routes in the State. Apart from push back seats, it has facility for recharging mobiles phones. The conductors too have been provided with mobile phones.

Courtesy : http://www.thehindu.com/2007/12/16/stories/2007121659170300.htm
 

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KSRTC JNNURM volvo buses launched in tvm

nov 18 2009

Chief Minister V.S.Achuthanandan inaugurated the much-awaited Volvo low-floor buses in the city on Tuesday expressing the hope that they would attract more people to public transport, thereby freeing the choked city roads from private vehicles. Flagging off eight orange-coloured AC buses at the Central Stadium, the Chief Minister said that the buses promised comfortable service at low fares. ‘’The number of two-wheelers and cars on city roads is shooting up, choking city roads. At the most, one or two people ride in these vehicles.

The public should co-operate to make the new bus service a success. The buses will start regular service from Wednesday morning. Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor called it a ‘’good day for the city,’’ but cautioned that good roads were also a pre-requisite for plying hi-tech buses. ‘’Or else, low-floor buses will become no-floor buses,’’ he quipped.

In all, 350 buses are being purchased under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to improve transport facilities in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi. Thiruvananthapuram’s share is 30 AC low-floor buses and 120 semi-low-floor buses. Kochi will get 50 AC low-floor and 120 semi-low-floor buses. The Government also plans to buy 30 mini-buses.

After the flagging-off ceremony, the Chief Minister, Union Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor, several Ministers and legislators and officials of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) boarded an orange-red Volvo bus for a ride from the Central Stadium. As the bus was overcrowded, the Chief Minster and some others alighted at the gate.

Hundreds of people had gathered at the stadium to see the modern buses and experience their unique features. The KSRTC, which operates the buses, was gracious enough to take some of them for the free ride.

Lauding the KSRTC for implementing several schemes during the past three years to tide over the financial crisis, the Chief Minister reminded the crew to be more courteous to commuters.





The buses will start services on Wednesday morning, linking Kovalam, Thiruvallom, Kamaleswaram, Shanghumughom, Technopark, Kazhakuttom, Kaniyapuram, Medical College, Central Railway Station, Eenchakkal, Chakka, Airport, Secretariat, Palayam, Vellayambalam, Kowdiar and Sasthamangalam. The services will be from 6 a.m. to 9.50 p.m. The minimum charge (for 5 km) is Rs.10 and Rs.1.50 will be charged for every subsequent km.

Each sleek and ergonomically furnished buses, which costs Rs.80 lakh, has several unique features that will change the concept of buses that people have in their minds.

LCD destination boards in Malayalam and English giving the route number and route will come in handy for the passengers, especially the tourists. The low platform for hassle-free boarding and alighting, rear engine, automatic transmission, electronically adjustable floor depending on the condition of the road, comfortable seats, ramp for the physically challenged and facility for fixing wheelchairs make the buses attractive.

Cellphone- and laptop-charging points, a computer-aided onboard engine diagnostic system for the driver, electrically adjustable rear-view mirrors, a public address system for the driver to communicate with commuters, and a GPS-enabled announcements and display of the destination are some of the other features.


courtesy : ksrtc blog

 

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timetable n faretable for volvo tvpm

From
To
Fare
East Fort
Palayam
10.00
East Fort
Pattoor
10.00
East Fort
Pettah
14.00
East Fort
Chacka
14.00
East Fort
All Saints
18.00
East Fort
Sangumukham
18.00
East Fort
AirPort
22.00
Thampanoor
Vellayambalam
10.00
Thampanoor
Sasthamangalam
14.00
Thampanoor
Palayam, Airport
22.00



Sasthamangalam
Airport
34.00
Thampanoor
Airport
34.00
Palayam
Airport
34.00
East fort
Thiruvallam
10.00
East fort
Kovalam
26.00
East fort
Medical College
18.00
East fort
Ulloor
18.00
East fort
Kaniyapuram
38.00
Kovalam
Kaniyapuram
60.00
East fort
Kawadiyar
14.00
East fort
Sasthamangalam
14.00




The services will be from 6 a.m. to 9.50 p.m. The minimum charge (for 5 km) is Rs.10 and Rs.1.50 will be charged for every subsequent km. Each sleek and ergonomically furnished buses, which costs Rs.80 lakh, has several unique features that will change the concept of buses that people have in their minds. LCD destination boards in Malayalam and English giving the route number and route will come in handy for the passengers, especially the tourists. The low platform for hassle-free boarding and alighting, rear engine, automatic transmission, electronically adjustable floor depending on the condition of the road, comfortable seats, ramp for the physically challenged and facility for fixing wheelchairs make the buses attractive. Cellphone- and laptop-charging points, a computer-aided onboard engine diagnostic system for the driver, electrically adjustable rear-view mirrors, a public address system for the driver to communicate with commuters, and a GPS-enabled announcements and display of the destination are some of the other features.

courtesy :: ksrtc blog
 

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JNNURM Kochi volvo faces route fixing problems

The city will witness the launch of hi-tech Volvo buses before Christmas as the Kochi Corporation and the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) have reached a temporary consensus on the routes, but some problems remain unsolved.

The KSRTC and the Corporation have decided to commence service on two routes initially Fort Kochi to Aluva and Aroor to Angamaly. The Fort Kochi-Aluva bus will ply through Thoppumpady and Kundanoor and from there will enter the Bypass towards Aluva. The Aroor-Angamaly buses will go on the bypass and touch Aluva towards Angamaly. In short the premium bus service which was mooted as a solution to the traffic congestion in the city will not even touch city roads but will ply through the outer areas.

The Corporation has forgotten that the project was implemented with the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) aid and is mainly aimed at improving urban infrastructure and transportation.Kochi has been allotted seven low-floor hi-tech buses in the first phase and the entire project covers 200 buses.

The KSRTC officials say that they want the maximum number of routes on city roads. “The KSRTC proposed a route map for buses along the city roads, NH bypass and arterial roads. We want to start services on routes that are technically and economically viable,” said a KSRTC official.

According to the JNNURM guideline, the Central Government will give 50 percent of the total project cost, the State Government will give 30 percent and the Corporation will have to bear 20 percent.“But here it is the KSRTC that is investing 20 percent.

So the Corporation cannot deny us the right to have a say in fixing the routes. We will commence the services before Christmas on the two routes that have already been accepted by the Corporation and the KSRTC. The rest of the routes will be finalised within a month,” he added.Seven buses will start service one after the other on these routes.

But many questions remain unanswered like the number of trips for each bus and fare charges. All that the Mayor and the councillors know is that the minimum charge will be Rs 10.Sources in the KSRTC said that the project has not been too successful in Thiruvananthapuram and that is the main reason for the KSRTC to reject routes suggested by the Corporation.

“In Thiruvananthapuram the KSRTC has fixed six trips a day on a route for a Volvo bus. The operational costs are high and the KSRTC should at least get Rs 36,000 per day from these trips.But currently they are getting only Rs 17,000.

The KSRTC is planning is to reschedule the routes in Thiruvananthapuram.Now the majority of routes are through the outer areas and the revamped routes will cover city roads,” he said.

“The Kochi Corporation authorities want to run the buses on wide roads which have no public transport system, but that is not acceptable to the KSRTC,” the official added. During the meeting held the other day, many differences popped up between the KSRTC and the Corporation authorities about the bus routes.

In the midst of this dissonance Volvo buses will start their hi-tech journey. But the big question is, ‘for whom will the buses roll?’
 

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Please Wait until the Next Election in Kerala for these Beauties to be Burnt and Destroyed by the same people who innaugurated this.Kerala has a long way to go.
 

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Chief Minister V.S.Achuthanandan inaugurated the much-awaited Volvo low-floor buses in the city on Tuesday expressing the hope that they would attract more people to public transport, thereby freeing the choked city roads from private vehicles. Flagging off eight orange-coloured AC buses at the Central Stadium, the Chief Minister said that the buses promised comfortable service at low fares. ‘’The number of two-wheelers and cars on city roads is shooting up, choking city roads. At the most, one or two people ride in these vehicles.

The public should co-operate to make the new bus service a success. The buses will start regular service from Wednesday morning. Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor called it a ‘’good day for the city,’’ but cautioned that good roads were also a pre-requisite for plying hi-tech buses. ‘’Or else, low-floor buses will become no-floor buses,’’ he quipped.

In all, 350 buses are being purchased under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to improve transport facilities in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi. Thiruvananthapuram’s share is 30 AC low-floor buses and 120 semi-low-floor buses. Kochi will get 50 AC low-floor and 120 semi-low-floor buses. The Government also plans to buy 30 mini-buses.

After the flagging-off ceremony, the Chief Minister, Union Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor, several Ministers and legislators and officials of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) boarded an orange-red Volvo bus for a ride from the Central Stadium. As the bus was overcrowded, the Chief Minster and some others alighted at the gate.

Hundreds of people had gathered at the stadium to see the modern buses and experience their unique features. The KSRTC, which operates the buses, was gracious enough to take some of them for the free ride.

Lauding the KSRTC for implementing several schemes during the past three years to tide over the financial crisis, the Chief Minister reminded the crew to be more courteous to commuters.





The buses will start services on Wednesday morning, linking Kovalam, Thiruvallom, Kamaleswaram, Shanghumughom, Technopark, Kazhakuttom, Kaniyapuram, Medical College, Central Railway Station, Eenchakkal, Chakka, Airport, Secretariat, Palayam, Vellayambalam, Kowdiar and Sasthamangalam. The services will be from 6 a.m. to 9.50 p.m. The minimum charge (for 5 km) is Rs.10 and Rs.1.50 will be charged for every subsequent km.

Each sleek and ergonomically furnished buses, which costs Rs.80 lakh, has several unique features that will change the concept of buses that people have in their minds.

LCD destination boards in Malayalam and English giving the route number and route will come in handy for the passengers, especially the tourists. The low platform for hassle-free boarding and alighting, rear engine, automatic transmission, electronically adjustable floor depending on the condition of the road, comfortable seats, ramp for the physically challenged and facility for fixing wheelchairs make the buses attractive.

Cellphone- and laptop-charging points, a computer-aided onboard engine diagnostic system for the driver, electrically adjustable rear-view mirrors, a public address system for the driver to communicate with commuters, and a GPS-enabled announcements and display of the destination are some of the other features.


courtesy : ksrtc blog

Wait Until the Next General Election or After that. These Beauties will be Destroyed and Burnt by The same People who Inaugrated It.:bash::bash::bash:
 

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ksrtcblog.com – An encyclopedia of KSRTC!

An engineering student of Information Science, who became a celebrity because of his passion and knowledge about the KSRTC!.

Meet Mr. Sujith Bhakthan, and his website www.ksrtcblog.com . The No.1 source of information about anything and everything about the KSRTC including bus schedules, routes, an active discussion forum, complaints page, updates of latest news’s, Image gallery, Videos and many more interesting articles.

He started blogging about KSTRC in September 2008 to help the people in Kerala to get the latest updates from KSRTC, To provide the latest and updated Time Table of KSRTC Buses and much more, but from that humble beginning, today that blog attracts thousands of people everyday and a very reliable resource for information about the Kerala State Transport Corporation and its services
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guys, can anyone give me the details about the KeSRTCs existing Volvo buses and the to be purchased volvo buses???
Existing buses:

Volvo (9400 - Intercity) - 03

Volvo (8400 - City coach) - 21 (in operation) - 13 in Kochi and 8 in Trivandrum.

15 buses are ready to be flagged off in Kochi (will happen soon). 6 more buses have arrived from Volvo at Central Works.

KeSRTC has ordered a total of 80 Volvo 8400 City buses under the JNNURM Scheme, 50 in Kochi and 30 in Trivandrum.

(The 21 buses mentioned above are part of the JNNURM scheme)
 

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Special Sabarimala services by KSRTC

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will open an information-cum-operating centre at the Chengannur railway station during the Sabarimala Mandalam-Makaravilakku pilgrim season.

T.C. Jacob, District Transport Officer T.C. Jacob said in a statement here on Saturday that employees who were fluent in English, Hindi and different south Indian languages would be posted at the centre.

Pilgrims who undertake Sabarimala pilgrimage in groups would be provided with advance reservation facility and they could book their seats over the phone well in advance, Mr. Jacob said.

Reservation

He said the KSRTC would provide online reservation facility for Sabarimala pilgrims, besides opening a special reservation counter at Chengannur railway station, from this year. Details are available on the website www.keralartc.com.

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