++++++++++++Hello friends, good to see this forum bouncing back. Am still saddened with the loss of our beloved admin ! Wishing all the best to the present admin i .e his sister and the moderator team to run this forum successfully.
It also feels nice to post on the "Volvo B9R" thread after a long gap. I was heavily occupied with Covid ICU duties last 2 years being a frontline physician. Apart from that I have been driving my VW Polo extensively and did numerous 1000 km trips with Mumbai as base, clocking 1,50,000+ kms on my odo in 5 years 7 months. Very rarely took a bus anywhere. Took KSRTC Volvo flybus though from Bangalore airport to Mysore and back recently, like 4 months back. I did always keep a tab on all the latest bus related updates though.
Its sad to see all the Volvos/Scanias/ Mercedes buses ( well do Mercedes Super High deck still exist ? ) almost disappear from highways during and post this Covid effect. Noticed that only VRL, Konduskar, Anand, Purple, Orange travels kept the business running. This as far North Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa are concerned.
Guys, what happened to all those new Volvo B11Rs/ Scanias of some big players viz SRS, National travels, Kallada, KPN ?? Are the buses just lying ilde in parking ?? I am surprised to see SRS travels looking like a small time player on NH4 Bangalore--Pune--Mumbai route these days and National travels not existing at all. VRL on the other hand could considerably maintain its presence.
Hows the situation in Tamilnadu ?? Those big names like Parveen, Hebron, SRM etc. ? I see a new operator Swami Ayyappa Travels running a direct Volvo multiaxle on Coimbatore - Bangalore - Mumbai route.
Also any exciting reviews on newly procured official Volvo B11R Sleeper by Kerala KSRTC ?? ( The Garuda--SWIFT ones ). Any operator in pipeline to get the all new Volvo 9600 launched in India ??
Regards to everyone
On lighter note: When bus fans like you have shifted to self driven car instead of bus travel, how can bus owner sustain running empty buses.
I guess due to WFH regular travel between cities like Pune-Bangalore, Chennai-Bangalore & Hyderabad - Bangalore bus traffic has reduced drastically and people have started more to drive between these locations.
SRS got severe beating due to COVID-19, WFH. their Bus services to Companies like Infy, Wipro have all been stalled so they got a huge financial impact, struggling for sustenance.
These days people are opting to travel in Sleeper and not seating; there is a shift in preference.