Ashok Leyland Ltd., flagship of the Hinduja Group, and the largest supplier of buses to state transport corporations, has received orders for around 4000 buses from State Transport Undertakings (STUs).
A total of 22 STUs across the country including Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC), Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC), Jaipur City Transport Services Ltd. (JCTSL), and Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) have placed large orders on the company.
Mr. Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland Ltd., said, “With rapid urbanization and increasing agglomeration in Indian cities, it is important to modernize public transportation systems and offer technologically advanced and empathetically designed transport solutions. JanBus, the world’s first front-engine, single-step entry, full-flat floor bus, is a vehicle specifically designed for urban transport. It provides several patented features that maximize passenger safety and substantially enhanced operating economics for the STUs. JanBus has received tremendous response from STUs – it will contribute over 2000 buses to JNNURM-II. We have also received orders from the international market for the bus and soon JanBus will be running in many countries. We have always been at the forefront of providing world-class products first to our fellow Indians and remain committed to making lives simpler and safer for every Indian.”
Similarly, the 8-meter ‘JanBus Midi’, with a uniform floor height of 650 mm is specially designed for feeder services, offering last mile connectivity from metro stations, BRT corridors to the final destinations. Metro feeder operations require quick boarding and alighting for which the bus is equipped with wide doors and a single-step entry. Both the JanBus and the JanBus Midi are products that are well suited to fit Government of India’s ‘Smart City Strategy’. “
Ashok Leyland will offer a mix of JanBus, midi-buses and Ultra Low Entry (ULE) buses as a part of the 4000 buses ordered under JNNURM-II. The supply of these buses has started and many of them are already carrying passengers.