New Delhi: Volvo Bus India has secured an order for 122 premium luxury coaches from the Government of Odisha under the Location Accessible Multi-modal Initiative (LAccMI) Scheme, a flagship program initiated by the Commerce and Transport (C&T) Department to provide rural connectivity through Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC).
The LAccMI Scheme aims to elevate the state’s public transportation infrastructure and provide citizens with a world-class public mobility experience. The state-of-art Volvo 9600 Buses will connect major districts and business hubs to the state capital, Bhubaneswar, and Jagannath Dham Puri and carry the name of Jagannath Express and Laxmi Express. Volvo 9600 multi-axle 15m coaches will come equipped with pushback Luxury Seater, Semi-sleeper and Sleeper configurations, the company said in a media release.
Vinod Aggarwal, MD and CEO, VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd., said, “We are honoured to be selected as the preferred partner for this landmark initiative by OSRTC and the Government of Odisha. Over the past 25 years, Volvo Bus India has provided state-of-the-art, sustainable mobility solutions, and this order further solidifies our commitment to the citizens of Odisha.”
Diptesh Kumar Pattnayak, MD, OSRTC, said, “The collaboration between Volvo Bus India and OSRTC for the deployment of Premium buses is a testament to the shared vision of creating a modern, efficient, and sustainable public transportation network. This will have a long-lasting impact on government initiatives that aim to transform transportation infrastructure and contribute to socio-economic development in rural and urban areas. This is one of the important measures taken by Govt. of Odisha for the protection and promotion of Jagannath culture in every village of Odisha.”
Suresh Chettiar, Senior Vice President Volvo Bus India, said, “The premium luxury coaches ordered under the LAccMI Scheme will not only enhance the public transportation system in Odisha but will also serve Indian and international tourists that visit this beautiful and historic state and devotees visiting Jagannath Dham, Puri. Volvo 9600 buses with Integrated bus body design are Made-in-India at the state-of-the-art Volvo Bus India facility at Hosakote, Bengaluru.”