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Double-decker buses may be back on Hyderabad roads soon


Published on: May 8, 2023 | Updated on: May 8, 2023

One of the electric double-decker buses seen at Necklace Road during the launch of the Neera cafe. (DC Image/K. Durga Rao)

HYDERABAD: The swanky double-decker buses that ferry people across the city tourist spots have drawn flak because of hardly any occupancy.

According to officials from HMDA, which owns the iconic buses, the vehicles were used only to add old-time charm to the city similar to the ‘Love Hyderabad’ murals. Moreover, these buses do not have a licence from the RTA to carry passengers.

Incidentally, during the Formula E races in February, officials had announced that they will soon have a fleet of 20 buses to simultaneously promote the use of eco-friendly vehicles.

Meanwhile, TSRTC officials stated that plans were afoot to revive double-decker buses on the city route. The services were discontinued in 2003.

A senior TSRTC official said, "Finalising the vendor’s tender is in the final stages. Initially ten buses will be introduced as a pilot project. They will run on routes, where there are no flyovers.

  • Each double-decker costs Rs. 2.16 crore
  • Seating capacity: 65
  • Length 9.8 metres
  • Height 4.7 metres
  • Battery charging: 150 km per charge
  • Charging time: 2-3 hours