You may soon be able to enjoy a ride in world class Volvo buses in the Capital.
The Swedish-bus giant has produced first CNG-propelled low floor for Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit will flag off the first Volvo bus on Friday.
“We will run this bus on Mudrika route on trial basis,” a senior DTC official said.
Since DTC’s low floor fleet only has buses from two manufacturers — Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland, senior DTC officials said they want at least one more bus manufacturer, which could provide custom-made buses to the corporation as and when the need arises.
Apart from Himachal Prad-esh and Rajasthan Roadways that run the Volvo buses on inter-state routes connecting important cities with Delhi, the Haryana Roadways also has Volvo buses in its fleet that connect NCR towns of Faridabad and Ballabhgarh with Delhi. This is, however, the first time that the company has produced CNG bus especially for Delhi.
The DTC has also proposed to introduce diesel-run Volvo buses on several inter-state routes connecting Delhi with Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir. “Our fleet of old diesel buses is in bad shape and needs immediate replacement. We have planned to have Volvo buses on lease to run on inter-state routes. The proposal may take sometime to become a reality,” a senior DTC official said.