Hyderabad: The sky bus as a mode of transport in south Asian countries. It’s very much impressed by Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who had offered 2000 crore as an outright grant to the finance the project in Hyderabad.
Unfortunately, the PM manmohan singh to whom the Badawi made offer dated on sep 18, 2006.B.Rajaram former managing director of Konkan Railway, told media from Hyderabad. Because of its long association with Rajaram who had designed and developed the sky Bus, regarding as one of the most iconic symbols of Indian engineering skills. Significantly, then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had allocated Rs.500 crore.
The technology still remains the most cost-effective alternative to the Metro rail at Rs.60-75 crore per route km, as compared to Rs.215 crore for the Metro overland line and Rs.400 crore for the underground Metro, according to Rajaram. Rajaram had built the first Sky Bus prototype in only 90 days at a cost of Rs.7 crore raised from corporate entities and at zero cost to the railways.
He had showcased the Sky Bus as a concept for the very first time at the World Transport Forum in Bologna in Italy in 1989.
“So much for our attitudes to technology. Our younger generations will doggedly keep inspecting, washing trains, laying tracks, look for safe retirement – that is the role model we enforce,” Rajaram said.