Guwahati, July 22: The oldest running Volvo bus service operator in Northeast India, John Travels, on Saturday launched two new Volvo B-11R multi-axle I-Shift bus service.
With this, John Travels has become the first private bus operator from the Northeast region to start state-of-the-art multi-axle coach service.
The company has invested around Rs 2.8 crore to procure the buses and start their inaugural run from Saturday.
The buses were officially flagged off by Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) Managing Director Anand Prakash Tiwari from ASTC, Paltan Bazaar.
Commenting on the service, Tiwari said “I am happy to flag off the first ASTC PoB multi-axle Volvo service today. Since January this year, ASTC has started super luxury services to various places in Assam under PPP model. These services enable the people of Assam and the northeast to travel comfortably across the length and breadth of the state. ASTC welcomes more operators to start similar luxury services.”
The Volvo B11R I-Shift multi-axle service by John Travels will run from ISBT Guwahati to Digboi. The overnight journey of around 500 kms will be completed in around 9-10 hours.
“We are proud to introduce the all new multi-axle John Travels Volvo service in Assam. With this, we are focusing on luxurious travel along with additional offerings like back/neck cushion, leg rest pillow among others, which are not yet available in the sector” said John Travels owner Pranjal Dutta at the inauguration ceremony.
He also added that the company has started a Volvo daily night service between Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati.
It may be mentioned here that John Travels had started service in 2011.