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12.1.15

SCRAPING BUSES * India: BMTC's

* Karnataka - Scraps 142 Marcopolo buses 

(Photo: Buses at BMTC Kempegowda Bus Station, Majestic, Bangalore) 
Bengaluru,Karnakata,India -The Times of India, by Manu Aiyappa -Jan 9, 2015: -- The BMTC decided to scrap the buses to put a stop to the mounting losses of Rs 1.5 crore a month to the BMTC and KSRTC... The state cabinet on Friday gave its nod to a proposal of the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) to scrap 142 Tata Marcopolo buses since they had become "white elephants''... The BMTC decided to scrap the buses to put a stop to the mounting losses of Rs 1.5 crore a month to the BMTC and KSRTC. While 98 Marcopolo buses operate in Bengaluru, 44 operate in Mysuru... Though the vehicle's engine was good, fuel efficiency was low. BMTC also received many complaints including emission of dark smoke, engine noise and poor airconditioning. Recently, BMTC decided to convert these buses into non-AC ones. Though five buses were initially converted, hardly anyone preferred to travel in them... The buses were also involved in accidents recently and they proved dangerous to the general public mainly because of its low floor, the minister added...

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