Kondody Autocraft is Kerala’s most important bus body building undertaking located at Kottayam, Kerala. They build ladder-on-frame bus bodies on chassis for private bus operators. These buses, commonly called the “Kondody Body” are widely seen across South Kerala. They are the only manufacturer (apart from KSRTC) accredited to build buses in compliance with the new AIS-052 code of practice for bus body design and approval. Here is Kondody’s latest bus model built in accordance with AIS-052 standards, running the Kottayam – Changanasserry – Kattappana – Irattayar route for sister concern Kondody Motors, Kottayam and Idukki districts’ most prolific private stage carrier bus operator. This new model bus sports the iconic Kondody front facade while the sides with large glass windows look radically different. It overall is more compact, contemporary and much better looking than usual buses. The livery is an “inspiration” of that of the KSRTC Volvos.
A Volvo B9R Multi-Axle Sleeper bus of Vijayanand Travels, part of the VRL Logistics group seen in its full length at Yeshwantpur in Bangalore on the Bangalore – Pune National Highway 4, also known as the Tumkur Road. Volvo Sleepers are rare, maybe because it costs to outfit them as Sleeper coaches. VRL Logistics, headquartered at Hubli in Karnataka is one of the most well-known transportation brands in Karnataka, covering all of the state and much of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. VRL has more than 350 buses of all kinds, including a massive fleet of more than 3500 trucks. “Vijayanand” is a portmanteau name representing the founder of VRL Group Dr. Vijay Sankeshwar and his son Anand Sankeshwar. It is said that if you spot any commercial vehicle registered KA-25 (Hubli), it will mostly be owned by VRL. This is also the first picture of a private Volvo bus in this blog.
A private bus named “Olympics” plying on the NH 744 near Kollam, Kerala. The bus is a city-suburban bus service, plying from Chavara to Perumpuzh via Neendakara, Chinnakkada (Kollam), Kareekode, Chandanathoppu and Keralapuram. The bus like all other private city services in Kerala is a body built on a truck chassis. But these private buses form a majority of public transportation in the state. This bus also has a history behind it as the route once belonged to an Olympian.
A view of the Kottayam Private Bus Station at Nagampadam on a rainy day. The station, known as “stand” locally, lies adjacent to the railway station, right next to the end of Platform No.1. Risingsun Motors runs Kottayam – Changanasserry.
A view of the Kottayam Private Bus Stand at Nagampadom, right next to the railway station with buses parked all over. A crow in the tree looks on curiously at the train I was traveling in. Early evening. Private buses are colorful! The St.Mary bus runs Kottayam – Changanasserry.