Not one, but two BTMC Volvo 8400s running Banashankari – ITPL 500C service spotted at Marathahalli Bangalore, navigating the narrow arm of broken road from Kalamandir to the Marathahalli bridge with quite discipline, expertly dodging potholes (the road has been repaired now). There is one more 500C following them, a Corona Skypak.
One of BMTC’s stark white Corona “Skypak” low-floor Air Conditioned City Buses running 500C on the Banashankari – BTM – Silk Board – Outer Ring Road – Marathahalli – ITPL route. The model of the bus is called “Skypak” (nothing to do with the cheque dropbox company). These buses are sturdy, look reasonably good (except for the headlights) and are very spacious inside with a uniform floor and a large standing area with no “Split levels” like the Volvos. But the buses are seriously underpowered, slow and are noisy inside. I would rather take a Volvo which is faster, more comfortable and silent. Also, they look better
These buses are manufactured by the not-so-well-known Corona Bus Manufacturers Pvt. Ltd, (website) a fully Indian company based out of Lonikhand near Pune, Maharashtra. Tata Cummins engines are used for the buses. Corona has three more models of buses including intercity coaches and sleeper buses. The Sleepers are also used by KSRTC
One of BMTC’s bright red Volvo 8400s stands at the Manyata Embassy Business Park stop on its route from Hebbal to Silk Board in Bangalore on the Outer Ring Road route 500D, also called the “IT Corridor Route” because of the concentration of IT companies on this route. The 500A and 500C are two other major routes that share space with the 500D.