Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) unveils its new class of luxury buses, a fleet of Scania Metrolink buses branded “Garuda Maharaja – The Chariot of Kerala”. The earlier fleet of flagshio Volvo B9R multi-axle buses have been rebranded “Garuda King Class”, and the few Volvo B7Rs are now “KSRTC Sanchari”. The Scania features LED destination boards in addition to all the usual luxury-bus goodies. Here the inaugural bus sits majestically reflecting off the setting sun, blazingly dominating the foreground while everything else fades into the background, showing off the vertically raked front end of the bus, compared to the wedge-shaped front of the Volvo. Never mind the rubble of the new under-construction bus station-cum-garage at the KSRTC bus station in Kottayam.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) brand new Scania Metrolink long-distance Multi (tri) axle coach bus sits basking in the evening sun at Kottayam KSRTC bus station in Kerala awaiting inauguration. The buses have been branded “Garuda Maharaja – The Chariot of Kerala.” This is the first of 18 buses ordered by KSRTC for its long distance services from Kerala to various parts of the country including Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Hyderabad and possibly Bangalore. The livery of the buses is also different from the corporation’s current flagship Volvo B9R buses. Waiting for awesome rides on these new flagship superstars!
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)’s Volvo B9R Multi Axle bus RS 787 “Dreamliner” of Kottayam deport doing the Bangalore – Kottayam schedule at a rest stop at Koratti near Angamali stretches out in its full length. This is one of the only 10 Volvo coach buses owned by the Kerala KSRTC compared to some 200+ of its competitor, the much bigger and better managed Karnataka KSRTC. This is one of the two Volvos of the Kottayam depot, the other one being the accident-survivor (thank God) RS 788.
A Kerala State Road Transport Corportation’s (KSRTC) Volvo B9R Multi Axle bus running the Bangalore – Kottayam service stands tall, all majestic and elite, at a rest stop between Bangalore and Salem. The bus sports the unique government-registered livery and is one of the 10 recently procured Volvos for running Kerala – Bangalore services. The bus registered RS788 under KSRTC’s scheme belongs to the Kottayam depot of KSRTC. The service is exemplary, the buses are superbly maintained, smooth, noiseless and extremely comfortable, much better than private Volvos!