Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation will soon introduce a high-speed air-conditioned Volvo bus service to Kolkata from Visakhapatnam and back. Two buses, which are under fabrication, would be deployed in either direction and they will complete the 875-km journey in about 15 hours.

RTC Visakhapatnam regional manager N. Venkateswara Rao said the buses were being introduced as per the inter-state agreement between the AP and West Bengal governments. The bus would have stoppages at Berhampur, Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Balasore and Kharagpur.

India is among the top 10 markets for Volvo in the world. The 45-seater rear-engine buses ply even at 110 km per hour without jerk, noise and rattles. Besides, they have air suspension, cozy seats and A-V entertainment.