++++++++++++++Interstate bus industry appears to be in a downward spiral. The number of buses are decreasing on most routes and many big name operators are struggling . Even popular bus routes like Bangalore - Chennai , Bangalore Kochi etc is seeing poor occupancy levels these days . Couple of years back on a typical Friday evening there would be no less than 100 buses ( private) to Cochin. Now the number is hardly 60. I think high fuel prices with increased competition is to blame for this situation. Increase in car ownership has also dented the travel industry. 3 - 4 years back most of my friends use to take interstate Volvo buses to their home town but these days they prefer to drive down instead thanks to comfortable cars and good highways. I have started taking trains often these days for my bi weekly hometown(Thrissur) visits. Kochuveli Bangalore express after LHB coach upgrade is a very comfortable option for Kerala Bangalore Journey. For 900 bucks you can get a very comfortable berth in a 3 AC on a Sunday night while a Kesrtc non AC deluxe charges more than 700 rs. Private sleeper buses are upwards of 2k.
Not only Interstate operators even local stage operators are struggling. They are moving from MCV to LCV chassis to keep floating.
Thanks to Diesel price being high; operators are struggling. When high fares are fixed on peak demand; we shout but we do not understand from operator point of view.
With increased in diesel prices, plus heavy taxation and offcourse toll. How can one survive?
This exam period will usually be slack period and we cannot expect crowd.
In general I am of the opinion that few tax amount on Diesel should be reversible as cash back for Transport [Lorry and Bus] and farmers.