The famous double-decker buses introduced by the Nizam’s Transport Services during the reign of Nizam VII Mir Osman Ali Khan in 1946 will be revived in electric form. According to the latest reports, the HMDA will begin rolling out the new double-decker buses in two or three days.
Six double-decker buses, each costing Rs 2 crore and designed to be environmentally friendly and energy-efficient, will weave through the crowds as they travel to popular tourist destinations such as the Golconda fort, Charminar, Hussainsagar, Qutub Shahi Tombs, and many more. The 65-seater buses will run in the city before the Formula E race on February 11th to garner global attention.
A senior HMDA official stated that several meetings were being held to determine the bus fare, but he also hinted that the fare would be equal to or higher than the Rs 65 maximum ticket price for the Hyderabad Metro.
Officials will ensure the project’s profitability by setting equal prices, since the buses only go to the city’s most popular tourist attractions. According to the HMDA, these buses will be operated by private drivers hired by the HMDA and will be robust and durable enough to run for 12 to 14 hours despite the city’s difficult road and traffic conditions. Booking counters, as well as parking, would be available at the NTR Garden and Sanjeevaiah Park.
The buses will be purchased by HMDA, which will manage and operate them under a conditional two-year or two-lakh lakh km warranty and a five-year annual maintenance contract (AMC), in accordance with the Central Motor Vehicle Rules and the requirements of the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI).
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