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SECOND GENERATION LUXURY: The interior of a `coupe' coach at the Koyambedu omnibus terminus. Photo: S .S. Kumar.
SECOND GENERATION LUXURY: The interior of a `coupe' coach at the Koyambedu omnibus terminus. Photo: S .S. Kumar.

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KPN Travels to introduce eight more

CHENNAI: Second generation luxury buses have come as an option for passengers going for long-distance journey in the State. Private omnibus operators have graduated from pushback seat coaches to state-of-the-art `coupe' coaches, which offer exclusive berth facilities for a small family of four.

KPN Travels has introduced a `coupe' service between Chennai and Salem.

K. P. Natarajan, Managing Director, KPN Travels, said that a few months ago, the company introduced `berths' in its long-distance services. Initially the coupe facility had been created in one bus, which is being operated between Chennai and Salem. The company is planning to introduce eight more `coupe' coaches soon and they would be operated between Chennai and various destinations, Mr. Natarajan said.

Asked about the fare for the coupe service, Mr. Natarajan said it was yet to be finalised. In the new coach, two coupes had been created and the remaining were all berths. The new vehicle could accommodate 28 persons, he said.

Mr Natarajan claimed it is for the first time in the history of omnibus services that a luxury coach with coupe facility had been created. It took almost a month for building the body of the new coach. After getting feedback, facilities would be improved in the vehicle, he said.

Tickets for the KPN Travels can be booked online.

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