Friday, February 27, 2009

Ashok gives full marks to Volvo buses

Ashok gives full marks to Volvo buses

Express News Service First Published : 27 Feb 2009 03:38:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 27 Feb 2009 09:14:18 AM IST
BANGALORE: Losses on some routes notwithstanding, the advertisement revenue from Volvo buses in Bangalore was termed 'encouraging' by Transport Minister R Ashok on Thursday.
Buoyed by this success, he said that the government intends to increase their fleet strength.
Ashok informed the Legislative Council that each bus raked in about Rs 15 lakh to Rs 24 lakh in advertisements since its inception in January 2006. If the trend continues, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation can recover the procurement cost in three years, he said.
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said that the government will consider offering passes for legislators on Volvo's BIA (Bangalore International Airport) route.
H e was responding to observations by some members that their preference for these buses will further popularise the service, besides cutting down expenditure on official transport. On Sundays and national holidays, the buses offer service at a flat rate of Rs 5


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