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Bangaloreans begin to bond with the sleek Swedish behemoths
Sharmada Shastry Bangalore, April 28, DHNS

The gleaming red Volvo buses are now a common sight on the roads of Bangalore. With the Bangalore Metropolitan Transportation Corporation (BMTC) adding more and more Volvo buses to the existing fleet of 200, commuting has become much more easier for Bangaloreans.

Sajith, who travels everyday from Whitefield to Mysore Road says: “The Volvo fares are fairly affordable, the service is good, the conductors are polite and the LED boards are bilingual. The English display is very helpful for someone like me who cannot read Kannada.
Also the monthly pass priced at an affordable rate of Rs 1,250 makes it all the more economical”.

For Anuradha, who works in a bank near Corporation Circle, comfort is the main attraction; the added advantage is that a seat is available even during peak hours. She also claims that travelling in an ordinary, non-AC bus in peak hours is an ordeal and that she would anyday prefer a Volvo, even if there is a hike in the fares. Although the buses do not stick to their timings, their frequency makes up for it, she says.

With the incessant traffic congestion and numerous one-ways, thanks to the Namma Metro project, Anand, an employee of Verman Aviation, cannot imagine commuting to work in his own vehicle. He prefers the factory van and when he misses it, it is the volvo for him. The intolerable summer heat has to an extent impelled even the common man to go for the Volvo. The fares may be higher, but few seem to be complaining.

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By: Vijay Rai
On: 29 Apr 2010 02:30 pm

Indeed our C.M has has a vision to develope bANGALORE in particular and karnataka in general and I wish opposition party supports instead gathering the dust.Hope he will fulfill his promise and prove to be one of the best C.M IN THE HISTORY OF KARNATAKA.Good Luck.... wishes always

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By: Painter
On: 29 Apr 2010 05:00 pm

Of course, it is the painter who gets the credit for building the beautiful house.

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By: builders/Architects.
On: 29 Apr 2010 06:12 pm

Architect and builder gets the credit for building the beautiful house.Not the painter

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On: 29 Apr 2010 11:56 am

BMTC should introduce more number of VOLVO busses especially to Peenya Industrial Estate from the City. The introduction of these luxury busses combined with Metro will ease out the Traffic in near future. The Chief Minister has announced the introduction of Mono Rail to Ring routes which is a welcome step. The Government should also consider of developing Mysore, Hubli,Mangalore and Belgaum on similar basis. If this Government takes up developmental measures and implements,our state can beat Gujrat and will be a model state in India. The Common Man expects FOOD,CLOTHING AND HOUSE to live and this can come only through Education, Industrial and Agricultural Development.Mr. Yeddiyurappa is on the right track and he should become a go getter. Best Of Luck to C.M.

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By: Vaishali
On: 29 Apr 2010 10:18 am

You will be astonished to learn that forty years ago Bihar was considered one of the three best administered states in India. A later generation of politicians ruuined all that.Yeddi is trying to put Karnataka back on fast track else Bangalore will be Patna in 10 years

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