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First ride on Kochi's Volvos!

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In December 2009, Kochi (Ernakulam, Kerala) joined the ranks of those cities that have Volvo city buses. Seven buses were brought on to the road by the state-owned Kerala State Road Transport Corporation. These buses were funded by the JNNURM - a total of 50 such buses would hit the roads. Volvo buses had always been a fascination for me - i enjoyed rides in them during my One year stint in Bangalore (a city which boasts to be the first in the country to introduce Volvos, and now holds a record for the highest number of them on road).

I was excited and overjoyed when I saw them on roads in Kochi - afterall, the commercial hub of Kerala was getting its due. Similar buses were introduced in Trivandrum (The capital city of Kerala) approximately a month before Kochi got them. However, Kochi's buses return more money to the corporation than the eight orange-monsters in Trivandrum.

I had to leave my car for servicing today, and thought this was the best opportunity to get into one of Koch…