Chasing the Mahabus!

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Eversince I heard of MSRTC introducing their newer fleet of buses - "Mahabus", I was trying to spot atleast one on the road. I saw them many times on the road, but could never photograph them. Today, I had some work and had gone to Vashi. While returning, I purposefully entered the highway to check if any Mahabuses were around. There were none. Dejected by that, I entered Palm Beach marg and started driving back to Belapur. Just as my car started moving out of a traffic signal, I noticed a Mahabus behind! That bus got held at the signal! I took the car a bit ahead, and waited for that bus to re-appear once again! There she is...(in the pic above!).

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MSRTC, as a part of re-structuring their "luxury" segment, decided to take air conditioned buses on lease. Such buses are run under the name - "Mahabus". The Mahabus fleet of buses are run by MSRTC staff, and the corporation pays a rent to the owner of the vehicle. The fleet consists of King Long KL6113 buses, Tata Globus, and Ashok Leyland's 12M bus with a Sutlej body. These buses, reportedly, have 45 seats, with Air-conditioning and TV. These buses are operated on the Dadar-Pune, Thane-Pune, Borivali-Panaji-Madgaon (NOT Confirmed!), Dadar-Nashik and Mumbai-Latur routes. The fare is at par with MSRTC's Volvo Services!

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The bus in the image above is the King Long KL6113. The body of this bus is built by Chandigarh based JCBL. The bus has a rear-mount Cummins engine. The Air-conditioning unit is run by the main power plant itself (like the one in a Volvo). The bus actually looks much better than a Volvo, though I am not very sure about the features inside. To my knowledge, there are two such buses in the MSRTC Mahabus fleet. Will try to get more information very soon. I took that photo as my MSRTC Volvo bus was moving out of Pune Bus station and so I couldn't get an image of the front view of the bus!
Hoping to chase more Mahabus' in the near future, signing off for now!

Comments

CarExpert said…
That’s a nice one! Volvo has good quality. If it’s better than Volvo, then it might be a really good one. The Volvo motor mount are one of those tough parts of Volvo I’m amazed of. I hope you could get more pictures in the following posts.
Anonymous said…
hi folks,
what else would a transport company need- low purchase price, low fuel cost, better milage, almost same comfort for the public and good vehicle services....
Why msrtc close down msrtc mahabus? When I was 15 years old they were famous in maharshtra.

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