New buses from TNSTC in 2010 – Part 1 (SETC)
This is the series of posts where we will be seeing the TNSTC buses which got added in the year 2010. Lets start with our SETC.
Once SETC is famous for adding new fleets at regular intervals. Now SETC is almost gone. It operates semi deluxe, Super deluxe(luxury), Ultra deluxe, Ultra deluxe AC services. SETC is running based on its past performance. SETC added new Luxury coach buses this year. They added 50 buses initially and it might be more as of now. These buses initially started running only in the Interstate routes.
These new luxury coaches were built by SETC Body building unit at nagarkovil. These buses were built very much similar to erstwhile UD coaches. Almost all the kerala bound SETC buses were replaced and now they started replacing the rest of the super deluxe buses with these new luxury coach buses.
All these buses were built with normal “Axle” chasis. No UD/AC services were added to the existing fleets.
Seats of these new luxury coaches were inhouse built push back. I havent seen any TATA fleets in SETC. They continued that this year also. All these new buses were from Leyland.
I have seen these new luxury coach buses in the following routes.
Madurai – Guruvayoor
Sengottai- Madurai – Ernakulam
Madurai – Ernakulam via kottayam
Madurai – Kozhikode
Nagarkovil – Chennai (Summer special)
Tuticorin/Nellai – Alapuzha
Sengottai – Coimbatore
Coimbatore – Tuticorin
Madurai – Chennai (saw only one long back – might be a special)
I expected SETC might get some new UD services. This year also we didnt get Volvos. In all the south STCs only TNSTC(incl SETC) didnt have any dedicated intercity volvos. Even though TNSTC VPM runns modified volvos in intercity routes, those are not actually intercity volvos.
Expect SETC to concentrate more on the maintenance of these new buses and also its UD fleets. Few UD fleets are waiting for its replacement. TN Govt should consider adding new UD and Volvos. Introduction of etickets atleast for its AC services and routes which has less patronage. New Online booking centers should be added in all towns.