One can quickly get pleasure from a luxurious bus caravan journey to go to numerous temples in South India. As temple tourism is catching up, the Chennai-based SRM Group has determined to close down its long-distance bus transport enterprise, and convert lots of its luxurious buses, together with Mercedes Benz, Volvo and Scania, into caravans.
The corporate, one of many largest personal bus operators in India, has round 150 hi-techbuses, together with Mercedes-Benz (28), Scania (18) and Volvo (38). “Attributable to excessive operational difficulties, together with the escalating diesel value, we can’t run the transport enterprise,” mentioned the group’s Chairman, Ravi Pachamuthu. Covid has additionally aggravated the disaster, and the enterprise incurred important losses.
On changing a bus in to caravan would l value ₹50-60 lakh every, he advised BusinessLine.
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The group has robust presence in training, healthcare, hospitality and media, other than transportation. At current, there are numerous bus caravans utilized by professionals like movie artists. Some even rent it for adventures. Nonetheless, temple tourism is first-of-its-kind, he added. “Wherever there may be a distinguished temple, we plan to have a respectable resort there,” mentioned Pachamuthu. The temple tourism plan matches properly into that technique. The corporate owns 5 accommodations in Chennai, Thoothukudi and Tiruchi, he mentioned.
SRM Transport used to function long-distance bus service from Tamil Nadu to the key cities in Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, and to varied districts inside the state. There are round 700 workers, he mentioned. The transport division additionally was once within the cargo enterprise, which has additionally being shut.
Temple tourism goes to be a enormous attraction sooner or later. “Having made a mark within the long-distance luxurious bus section, we need to make a mark within the temple tourism sector,” he mentioned. “We’ll cowl all the key temples within the South,” he added
The SRM group has its personal body-building unit — SRM Auto Tec — the place the chassis are transformed in to buses. This unit is now concerned in changing the buses into caravans, he mentioned.
“We’re additionally getting enquiries from different firms to make caravans,” he mentioned. A bus caravan, which is like a resort room, comes with a sofa-cum-bed, aster bed room and pantry.
Apparently, as parking of buses shall be a main downside close to the temples, the bus caravan can have automotive contained in the car. The bus caravan shall be parked away, and the automotive shall be used to take passengers to the temple and return, he mentioned.
Might 03, 2022