Time to cheer for Technoparkians! The new Volvo AC buses have started to rule our roads. Currently, there are 17 trips daily to EastFort, starting from Kaniyapuram at 0700, 0800, 0830, 0915, 1015, 1100, 1130, 1300, 1345, 1430, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1745, 1830, 1915, 2045. It reaches Technopark 5-10 minutes after leaving Kaniyapuram depot. KSRTC has not published the times buses reach Technopark from city (only starting times from Kovalam are published), but it is fair to estimate that it will reach Technopark 15-25 minutes before the above times. The route to the city is Kaniyapuram-Kazhakoottam-Main Gate-Park Centre-Kariavattom-Sreekariyam-Pongumood-Ulloor-Medical College-Kumarapuram-Kannamoola-Pattoor-General Hospital-Palayam-Statue-Overbridge-Eastfort-extends to Kovalam. You might notice that there is a trip to the city once every 45-60 minutes. This is with the 8 buses; once all 20 buses are in service, the frequency will be one bus to the city every 20-30 minutes, and will include points like KDPuram, Pattom, PMG and Vellayambalam. Whatâ€™s more â€“ 120 non-AC low-floor buses will also be put into service shortly, so a bus to city every 10 minutes wouldnâ€™t be a distant dream. But we need to actâ€¦
I have company transport, why should I care?
Understand this â€“ your company does not make any profit by providing you transportation, it is a loss and a bother to your company. Most companies charge around Rs.1000/- monthly as transportation cost. The Volvo costs you Rs.18/- for a trip to Ulloor. 18×22(working days)x2(trips daily) = Rs.792/- a month. Thatâ€™s better than any contracted transport, and you can choose your own timing, and you pay-per-use only! Currently, KSRTC is studying journey patterns to analyze which is their most profitable route. The more we Technoparkians travel in Volvos, the more Volvos will be put in service to Technopark. Do travel in the buses once in a while. And once you are used to it, switch to this mode. Your company will thank you for it.
I have my own car/bike!
If you reside near the Volvo route, use the Volvo by all means. It is cheaper (than cars) and much easier getting here, and whatâ€™s more, you donâ€™t need to bother about the parking space! Even if you need to walk a bit to reach a bus stop, it is better for your health. (Your treadmill is anyway idling in your home). No more cursing the traffic jam or wondering about when the next unruly biker/SUV is going to cut across your way. Use low-floor, not low-roof! Enjoy the city as you have never seen before, immerse in yourself or just chat away in the cool environs. Remember, the more we use it, the more services will be available for us.
“I would like to use the volvo buses instead of my car, because I can save some bucks monthly, also I can meet new people” , Sinu – A software professional said to technoparktoday.com
A very comfortable and pleasant ride. You donâ€™t feel bumps or potholes, not even the â€œJapanâ€ ones. Lots of space inside, and very friendly staff. FM radio on request!
For a change, the government has done its job. Its now time to do ours. Let us all join together in making this a grand success. We have been lampooned enough in the local media as cash-rich brats with little commitment to anything but ourselves. Shred the image and join to make our city a better place. Donâ€™t add to the congestion and pollution, pull yourselves away from it. We do have a commitment â€“ to this society, this nation and this planet. Use the bus, and spread the message. Jai Ho!
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