Double-decker buses to return; open-top for tourism, closed-roof autos for commute, Auto Information, Automobilnews
KOLKATA: The enduring double-decker buses which rekindle childhood reminiscences for some are set to roll once more. At a latest transport division assembly, it was determined that the state will procure 10 double-decker buses. The federal government will procure 10 chassis after which get the physique of the autos fabricated individually. The technical specs have been labored out, however routes on which the buses will ply are but to be determined.
Final July, transport minister Subhendu Adhikari had introduced that the federal government was mulling the reintroduction of double-decker buses as a part of its plan to remodel Kolkata into a contemporary international metropolis. The open-roof buses might be used for tourism and the federal government plans to start out working them by Durga Puja. However the plan is fluid since bids can’t be invited until the elections recover from. Coated double-decker buses might be used to ferry passengers.
“The federal government is procuring 10 double-decker buses which comply to newest provisions of the related Motor Automobile Guidelines and newest emission requirements. These might be fashionable buses and used for operations throughout the metropolis,” stated an official.
“The brand new buses will both be BS IV criticism, or a better model if relevant,” an official stated. “The buses may have vacation spot boards each inside and out of doors, other than CCTV cameras, hearth extinguishers and seat belts. The doorways might be computerized,” he added.
Some transport specialists have questioned the rationale behind buying open-roof buses given the climate within the metropolis. “The climate in Kolkata is sizzling and humid for many a part of the yr. Open-roof buses may be operated for a interval of three to 4 months a yr,” stated a transport professional. A transport division official, nevertheless, stated they are often operated within the night, barring days it rains.
However younger Kolkata is happy on the prospect of travelling in these buses. “I’ve seen double-decker buses solely in films and heard tales from my elders. I’m thrilled to listen to that I’ll quickly be capable of journey in a single,” stated Samarth Sidhwani, 17.