I spotted this beauty near Borivli as i was also held up for almost 2hours but on opposite direction.Folks,
Thanks again for all your inputs !
I dropped them at Sion yesterday.
KA 57 F 2851 from Mangalore Depot 2 was doing the honors.
Due to a massive traffic jam on WEH (due to a tanker fire) the bus reached Sion an hour and half late at 2:45 PM instead of 1:20 PM but still managed to drop off my relatives at Udupi at 4:50 AM today morning which is 10 min ahead of the scheduled arrival time of 5:00 AM.
The bus stopped at the Expressway for 10 min for a restroom break and then post some pickups at Pune, stopped at Hotel Navami (after Satara) for dinner at 7:30 PM. Left from there at 8:00 PM and was pretty much non-stop post that.
According to my uncle, the staff was very cordial but they felt that the bus swayed a lot especially during the early morning hours when it was negotiating the NH17 section where due to highway expansion, there are a lot of diversions.
I am surprised on how the Bus was able to cover up an hour and half as all buses are speed locked. The only thing that could have happened was that there is some buffer built in the scheduled timelines on the KSRTC website.
My relatives are coming back next week but to Pune directly on the Mangalore-Pune Airavat service. Does that bus reach SwarGate at 6:30 AM or is typically ahead of schedule or late. I need to ask my cousin to pick them up.
Attached are some pics which I has asked my uncle to click as the bus didn't stop at Sion for long. My uncle was surprised that there is a forum for buses too where crazy fans talk about buses
Last but not the least, the emergency door was just before the last set of seats on the driver side.
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