Busworld India 2013 Opened Feb. 1

The fifth edition of Busworld India is being held from Feb. 1-3 at Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Mumbai India. Busworld is the recognised platform for bus & coach sectors to tap the vast and rapidly growing potential of urban & rural market in India and meet their existing and prospective clients face-to-face. On display will be the latest & innovative product lines, as well as technologies like Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), GPS, hybridisation, fuel efficiency with minimal ecological impact.

Busworld India 2013 was inaugurated by Hon. Jeevanrao Gore, chairman, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation in the august presence of Shri. Manjunatha Prasad (IAS), managing director, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, Shri. Subash Goyal, president, Indian Association of Tour Operators, Shri P Ananda Rao, executive director, Association of Road Transport Undertakings, D.P. Saste, head (safety and homologation), Central Institute of Road Transport and many policy makers, decision makers and industry leaders.

This year the objective of the exhibition is “Gearing-up for a Sustainable Public Transportation System, focussed on Fuel Efficiency, ITS and Hybridisation” Several reputed coach and bus manufacturers such as Scania, ACGL, Corona and Deccan Auto are participating to Busworld India 2013.

A concurrent 3-day symposium is providing valuable insight into technical aspects and safety features to spearhead the growth of a modern, sustainable bus and coach industry in India. It started with the Inaugural Seminar on Sustainable, Modern Bus & Coach Mobility in India. Keeping in mind the safety of School going children, an exclusive seminar on “Safety, Fire Safety & School Bus Day” is also to be held to find solutions for (school) bus & coach accidents. The valedictory session of Busworld India 2013 will be the last session and will be chaired by S.K. Lohia, OSD-UT and ex-officio joint secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.

India is the second largest market in the world for buses and coaches with a demand for buses and coaches above 8 tons gross which is twice as big as the demand in Western Europe. The design and development of buses and coaches has gone through a period of rapid evolution. India has invested heavily in highways linking all the main centres of population. There has also been a rapid increase in the numbers of professional middle-class people. Many people prefer to live in communities outside the cities, stirring the demand for commuter services.