APSRTC will test 14.5 M Scania Metrolink HD coaches on the Vijayawada and Hyderabad route. Sivakumar V, Director – Sales, Scania Commercial Vehicles India and Samba Siva Rao, IPS., Managing Director, APSRTC, officially flagged off the Scania Metrolink coach at Pandit Nehru Bus Station in Vijayawada.
Sivakumar says the Scania team takes pride in being associated with a leading STU like APSRTC. In keeping with growing demand for safety features and premium services, Scania Metrolink is a perfect fit that exceed passenger expectations for its advanced safety features and premium setup. The buses offer commendable Total Operating Economy (TOE) from which APSRTC will benefit in regards to fuel saving, reduced carbon emission and a sustainable transport system.
14.5 M Scania Metrolink HD coaches will service the Vijayawada and Hyderabad route. This trial run is a first under Garuda Plus class after states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana went their separate ways. The trial run will last 2 months, after which APSRTC will evaluate performance report and take a decision about buying Scania Metrolink coaches. Route operations are as follows: Vijayawada – Hyderabad: Daily 17:30 hrs departure. Hyderabad – Vijayawada: Daily 5:30 hrs departure.
Scania Metrolink buses are used in South Indian markets, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The coaches come with Fleet Management System (FMS), fire detection and suppression system, speed limit compliant to state regulations, six emergency exits with twelve hammers, emergency doors and a safety video educates passengers on what to do in case of an emergency.
Scania products comply with R66 Standard, tested and certified by TUV, Germany. Blended Retarder in Scania vehicles improve safety by keeping service brakes cold for full emergency performance and while adding to stability when braking. Engine and bus body are built with fire retardant material.