India’s second largest bus manufacturer, Tata Motors has occupied an order for 30 articulated buses also known as vestibules for supplying the bus rapid transit system (BRTS) ongoing project by Hubbali-Dharwad Municipal Corporation.
The Mumbai-based company said that delivery of the high floor and multi-seated Buses costing of Rs 1.6 crore a piece will begin and continue in six months thereafter. Tata Motors has first order nearly of Rs 50 crore for the articulated type. Diesel engines will power these buses rather than CNG.
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The articulated bus concept will be brought back by the 22.2 kms long BRTS corridor in Karnataka that a few state governments experimented earlier. Because of a pivoting joint, the buses are usually double the conventional buses’ size that helps in aiding maneuvering the vehicle.
Tata Motors’ Executive Editor, Ravi Pisharody said, “This directly reaches from the municipal corporation, they are ongoing process. They are the way the infrastructure is being laid for this. This is subject of JNNURM II.”
A total carrying capacity of these swanky air-conditioned buses is 120 including 50 seated passengers. The Hubbali-Dharwad BRTS is all set to inaugurate this calendar year. The system will be mechanized with an automated vehicle tracking system, open-closed bus corridors and an off-board fare collection system.
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The system, was implemented in Amritsar, Pune, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Indore and Surat, is working on dedicated bus corridors on arterial routes and has a connection with intra-city and inter-cities. It has bus stations and automated fare collection centers.
Bases can have low floor and high floor, automatic transmission and their doors do not open until the driver allows opening it.
National Institute of Urban Affairs and CIDCO stated in their study that about 28 bus mobility projects will be developed at a cost of USD 200 million (Rs 1,400 crore) on around 20 cities. The BRTS have been adopted by at least nine of the 63 eligible cities.
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