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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Another Volvo accident : Haryana Roadways Shimla-Chandigarh Volvo crashes at Parwanoo

WHEN: 11th Feb 2014
ROUTE: Shimla - Chandigarh

According to Indian Expres, Another accident involving a Volvo bus took place in North India on the Shimla-Chandigarh route. The bus, a Volvo B7R, being run by Haryana Roadways reportedly fell into a 200-foot-deep gorge at Datiyar near Parwanoo. The accident happend on Tuesday and has left two dead and six injured.

The accident occurred around 12.30 pm after the bus driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle. One of the deceased was identified as Satinder Bhan, a resident of Thane (Maharashtra), while the other deceased was yet to be identified. Bus driver Jitender and bus conductor Pankaj along with passengers Birbal Tahim, Kavita, Ranveer Singh and Tejinder Kaur suffered injuries. According to the Parwanoo police, the accident happened around 12.30 pm when the Chandigarh-bound bus was coming from Shimla. Being driven at a high speed, the bus was supposed to take a right turn. But the driver lost control of the vehicle and it fell into the gorge, the police said. Soon, the locals went down the gorge and helped in rescuing the passengers. A call was made to the police and on 108 for ambulance as well. “We received a call at 12.43 pm about the accident. We reached the spot in about six minutes.

All the passengers were taken to the hospital by 2.15 pm,” said a staff member of the ambulance. Varun Bhandari, an eyewitness to the accident, said, “The accident occurred right in front of my eyes while I was driving uphill towards Shimla. The bus was coming at a very high speed. After the driver lost control of the vehicle, the bus skidded for about 20 metres, rammed into the protection barrier on the road and fell into the gorge.” He added, “I was in a shudder when the accident happened. Before I saw the bus fall into the gorge, I was driving my car at 90 km/hr.” Of the many locals who helped in rescuing the passengers were Govind and his nephew Raju, both taxi drivers. “We were on our way ferrying customers towards Solan. We got to know about the accident as we saw a large number of people on one side of the road. It took us about 20 minutes to go down the gorge through thick bushes and plants. However, we managed to rescue two passengers and brought them up on our backs,” said Govind. All the eight passengers were taken to ESI Hospital, Parwanoo. Satinder, 50, and the unidentified woman, around 40, were declared dead on arrival. Ranveer, 24, and Kavita, 25, who are siblings, suffered minor injuries while Tejinder, 26, Birbal, 24, Jitender, 32, and Pankaj, 32, were critically injured and were referred to PGI. Jitender, Pankaj and Tejinder who suffered multiple injuries were in critical condition while Birbal was stable, said the doctors. A case was registered against the bus driver.

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Picture credit: Kshitij Mohan

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Another Volvo fire accident (14th Nov 2013) : National Multi-axle volvo this time at Haveri

Just weeks after a Volvo bus caught fire on the Bangalore - Hyderabad route due to tank burst, another news has just come in

WHEN: Early morning of 14th Nov 2013 (2:30am)
ROUTE : Bangalore to Mumbai (6:30pm service)
OPERATOR: National Volvo (multi-axle model)
WHERE: Haveri (330km short of Bangalore)
PASSENGERS ON BOARD: 49 + drivers and cleaner

The inferno was caused when one the tyres burst causing the driver to lose control and inturn the bus hit the median. We guess as the bus might still be doing a great amount of speed, the impact damaged the fuel tank which in turn caught fire. The incident happened near Haveri in Karnataka.

The tank fire inturn captured the whole bus and as many as seven people are said to have been burnt alive. Over 30 are seriously injured. Thankfully, the drivers had enough time to warn the sleeping passengers and hence most of them were able to escape out.

For details about the accident, people may contact the Haveri Town police – 08375232333 and 9480804545; Haveri Police control room – 08375237368; Haveri Superintendent of Police – 9480804501; Additional SP – 9480804502; Deputy SP, Haveri – 9480804520 and Deputy SP, Shiggaon – 9480804522.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Scania Metrolink HD bus coach launched in India - all details / pictures

Scania has finally launched its range of inter-city bus coaches in the Indian market. The range is called Scania Metrolink HD and has three different versions of buses on offer - these range from 45 seaters to 57 seaters and the engine output ranges from 310 to 410! Yes, that over four hundred horses.

More details on the new Scania MetroLink HD buses in India:

Scania MetroLink HD 45 seater
: 12 metre long
: 4x2 model (single axle)
: 45 seats
: 9000cc 310Bhp Euro 3 engine
: 8 speed automatic transmission
: Length / Width / Height stand at 12m / 2.6m / 3.7m
: Fuel tank: 465 litres

Scania MetroLink HD 49 seater: 13.7 metre long
: 6x2 model (multi-axle)
: 49 seats (semi sleeper) or 53 (without calf support)
: 13000cc 360Bhp Euro 3 engine
: 8 speed automatic transmission
: Length / Width / Height stand at 13.7m / 2.6m / 3.7m
: Fuel tank: 465 litres

Scania MetroLink HD 53 seater: 14.5 metre long
: 6x2 model (single axle)
: 53 seats (semi sleeper seats) or 57 (without calf support)
: 13000cc 410Bhp Euro 3 engine
: 8 speed automatic transmission
: Length / Width / Height stand at 12m / 2.7m / 3.7m
: Fuel tank: 465 litres

Scania Metrolink bus India

Friday, January 25, 2013

Bangalore to Mumbai Neeta B9R Volvo picture

This is the picture of the Bangalore to Mumbai Volvo B9R run by Neeta Volvo. Picture shared on our official Facebook page by Kunal Jadhav

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

KSRTC gets the Volvo 9400PX 14.5m bus for testing

First shown to the Indian public early this year, Volvo has finally commenced trials of India’s longest and first14.5 Luxury Coach – the Volvo 9400PX bus. KSRTC or Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation is using the Volvo 9400PX multi-axle bus on the Bangalore - Mysore route. This bus comes with features like:
1. First bus in India with a steerable tag-axle for better manoeuvrability
2. Comes equipped with the Volvo I-shift automated transmission as standard
3. The Volvo 9400PX is built on the new light-weight Volvo PX platform, which provides even better grade ability and acceleration as well as enhanced stability larger luggage space.
4. The new coach also offers a much higher performance like never before with the new Volvo 11-litre engine that offers 370hp.
5. The Volvo 9400PX’s spacious interiors offer a range of opportunities for customers to incorporate a variety of passenger conveniences from pantry, toilet, VOD and a range of other features – for smooth long-distance travel.

Volvo not only started the concept of luxury buses in India but also rules the segment with its single axle and multi-axle B7R and B9R buses covering the length and breadth of India every day and night! Expect the new 9400PX to rule long distance routes in the coming few months as well! 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Manali to Leh Volvo bus service : all details

No, there is no such service between Manali and Leh of Volvo or Mercedes luxury buses! 

It goes without saying that new age luxury buses like Volvo and Mercedes have changed the way we looked at bus travel in India. Infact, in North India, the Volvo B7R bus ply upto the 6500 feet high hill-station of Manali which gets a fair amount of snow between Jan and March and yet, the buses have no issues at all.
However, come summers, and people start searching for the Manali to Leh buses, without even understand the real terrain on this route. A big answer to the question is NO - A Volvo or a Mercedes bus can simply not ply on the Manali - Leh route. Why?
1. The ground clearance is too low for bad section around Rohtang and later at Sarchu / Pang and the various passes. Even with the adjustable suspension, the craters and bad roads are bad enough to stop a Volvo or a Merc bus!
2. The windows are sealed - AMS or acute mountain sickness always hits you pretty bad due to elevation and hence, sealer windows means you cant puke out!
3. Their length : most private and public buses (normal, non-AC) on this route are smaller in length (9 m or less) but the Volvo and Merc ones are 12m in length. You simply cant image the kind of roads (narrow, steep turns, tight corners) on this route. A 12m long bus can simply not make it to Leh from Manali!

Reader Feedback: Neeta Mangalore - Mumbai Volvo multi-axle review

Name: Rudolf
Operator: Neeta
Route: Mangalore to Mumbai

I traveled in a Neeta Volvo multiaxle bus from Mangalore to Mumbai on 28th April 2012. Having traveled earlier by Neeta on the same route, I felt the service is deteriorating. The driver who was driving the first section was very rude and abusive, hurling choicest abuses in Kannada and Tulu language which many could not understand to all those who went to talk to him. There was a Gujarati family with a small kid who were desperately wanting a halt for their baby, but after much cajoling did the driver agree to halt but was mumbling some abusive jargon in Tulu because he had to halt. As usual the bus halted in Ankola for dinner. There I pointed out to the same driver that the destination board displayed was Mangalore and should be Mumbai for which he just said "woh mera kaam nahin hai"! From here the drivers seat was taken over by a bearded UP guy (I know this coz I have spoken with him on several occasions before while travelling in Neeta! He is an expert driver as experienced by me. But he has developed this habit of stopping any and everywhere to passengers wanting to get to Mumbai. In this particular trip, he halted for a group of 7 clumsily dressed men after Hubli-Dharwad who wanted to get to Mumbai and made a deal with them (400bucks each) and got them inside even though there were no vacant seats. These men occupied all available space in the drivers cabin and spread to the gangway. The bus was completely dark with no lights on. As usual the night reading lamps are never on in Neeta buses!! But there were quite a few young girls and families in the bus!! In between the bus halted at a RTO checking station where I (seated in the third row on the left) made a desperate attempt to get down for relieving myself, but could not due to the extra passengers sleeping in the gangway and drivers cabin as they were deep in slumber!!! Then again, this driver took new passengers from Pune at 4AM!!

Overall a very bad experience with Neeta and their goonda type drivers!! I would suggest Neeta only when one is left with no option!!!