Their mere sight on the Hyderabad roads years in the past used to pique the curiosity of metropolis folks, particularly kids. And their elegant appears had been a giant draw for commuters. It was thrilling for a lot of to climb on to the higher deck and benefit from the trip by means of among the common thoroughfares.
This was the state of affairs on the roads of this historic metropolis about twenty years in the past. Now the town might be actually turning the clock again with the re-introduction of double-decker buses.
Whereas the town has seen super transformation during the last 2-3 a long time, phasing out conventional modes of transport like cycle-rickshaws, double-decker buses are undoubtedly among the many modes of transport the town folks wish to see again on roads.
It is going to be sheer nostalgia for a lot of who used to trip such double-deckers throughout their youthful days.
At a time when these buses are in operation in a number of cities around the globe, together with Hong Kong, Singapore and London, their re-introduction on the town roads within the coming months is ready to woo vacationers additionally who throng the 430-year-old metropolis.
“It is going to be nice to have them again on roads after such a very long time. I’ve fantastic reminiscences of travelling in double-deckers throughout childhood,” mentioned Ismail Shareef, a businessman.
For many who have by no means seen a double-decker, the transfer by the transport authorities will present them the fun.
“I’ve seen double-deckers solely in pictures. I’m eagerly ready to board such a bus and benefit from the trip,” mentioned Sai Reddy, a pupil of Class 12.
The discuss of bringing again the double-decker began in November when Minister for Municipal Administration and City Improvement KT Rama Rao recalled the times when he used to board such buses to go to high school.
“I’ve many fond reminiscences of driving the double-decker bus on my strategy to St George’s Grammar Faculty at Abids,” tweeted Rama Rao, who’s son of Chief Minister Ok Chandrasekhar Rao.
He was responding to a tweet by one Shaker Hussain, who requested him to re-introduce double-deckers.
“Undecided why there taken off the roads,” the Minister tweeted and requested Transport Minister Puvvada Ajay to look into the opportunity of re-introducing them.
The Transport Minister spoke to officers of Telangana State Street Transport Company (TSRTC), which in flip arrange a committee to evaluation the feasibility of working double-decker buses. This was mandatory as the town panorama has undergone a sea change since these buses had been taken off the roads.
Rama Rao’s proposal to convey again double-decker buses obtained assist from many.
“All of us have reminiscences of joyful rides at the least as soon as in a double-decker bus. Cannot wait to get nostalgic,” mentioned Sindhu Adarsh Reddy, a TRS corporator from Bharathinagar. She thanked KT Rama Rao for working to get many to refresh their reminiscences.
The committee appointed by TSRTC urged few routes for plying the double-decker buses because the routes wouldn’t have flyovers and metro rail.
TSRTC is planning to function 25 double-decker buses. The authorities are contemplating possible routes for easy operation of the buses.
The buses are prone to be operated on Secunderabad-Medchal, Secunderabad- Patencheru, Kothi-Patencheru, CBS-Jedimetla and Afzalgunj- Mehdipatnam routes.
Double-decker buses with one driver and two conductors was once operated until late Nineties. Residents recall that these buses had been typically seen on Secunderabad-Mehdipatnam, Secunderabad-Nehru Zoological Park and Afzalgunj-Mehdipatnam routes.
TSRTC has since invited tenders from skilled producers for procurement of 25 absolutely constructed double-decker non-A/C buses. “The bidder shall design, manufacture, take a look at, provide and fee the above buses. The tenderer shall be effectively established and should have manufacturing and provide amenities of absolutely constructed buses in India,” reads the tender discover.
The double-decker buses can accommodate over 60 passengers. These autos might be 4.7 metres excessive and eight.7 metres broad.
The tenders might be opened on February 25 and TSRTC officers are hopeful of re-introducing double-deckers on few routes by Could this 12 months.
Double-decker buses had been initially launched by the Nizam’s Transport Providers in the course of the reign of Mir Osman Ali Khan, the final Nizam of Hyderabad State, within the Nineteen Forties.
After building of a number of flyovers in late Nineties, double-deckers had been taken off the roads.
TSRTC officers mentioned building of flyovers and manifold enhance in site visitors led to the phasing out of double-deckers.
As we speak, one finds many flyovers dotting the town roads. Metro rail has additionally modified the town’s face. In contrast to previously, these buses cannot be operated on a number of roads as a consequence of flyovers, metro rail, foot overbridges and congestion on roads.
Nonetheless, plying them on chosen routes is anticipated to convey the previous allure again on the Hyderabad roads.