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The double decker buses in the India have a great history to be read about. The buses first appeared in the year 1926, still the 1980s these buses ran on the busy streets, by making the life of the office goers convenient. The buses appeared on the streets, with all its dents and dings and ran in the chaotic streets. It is needless to say, that the buses did have to face certain inconveniences caused by the roadside trees and the overhead electrical wires, but even after that, the buses ran with its decker high. The double decker buses came with a 647 cc 6 cylinder engine which was in-line. They ran at the power of 125 break horse power and weighed a whopping 41.4 kgs. This power was put on the road of the busy traffic streets of India in the form of the Double Decker buses, which could be compared to the luxury cars like Honda Civic and Bentlely Continental.

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The cities that adorned these buses and their services were Calcutta, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore etc. The very structures of the buses were made by the esteemed body building company for vehicles, Ashok Leyland. The engine of the double decker buses were Hino engines which were especially created to power up the double decker. The coach works and the bodies were done by the Punjabi Garages of Kolkata, which are gone now. As, mentioned earlier, it was the British rulers of India who introduced the double decker buses in India, in the year 1926. It was first made to run in the erstwhile Calcutta, lying in between Kalighat and Shyambazar.

 It is obvious that the numbers of passengers that these buses carry are much higher than the conventional single deckers. And in the thickly populated cities of India like Mumbai and Kolkata, and even Hyderabad to some extent, these buses act as a boon. The double decker buses were two storied buses which have an opening platform in the rear ends. After the passengers were done with settling with the seats, or even standing on the footboard, the conductor would approach the passengers one by one for the ticket.


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India and its yellow cabs beside the double decker bus

On your next trip to Kolkata, at the very exit of the Howrah station, you will be able to find fleets of yellow cabs standing in disciplined lines awaiting the riders. The yellow cabs are generally based on the ambassador cars which were created by the Hindustan Motors. The car is so spacious, that not only your luggage, but it will easily carry your humongous family along with you and help you to reach your destination. Driving yellow taxis as a profession is majorly seen with the men hailing from Punjab and Bihar.

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These people know the details of each and every lane s and alleys of the city and do not step back if they want to overtake any car by honking. In the congested alleys, these taxis become the best transporting methods of reaching to the destination. When not driving, the drivers can be seen resting inside the car, under a huge expanse of the shade and sipping a small glass of tea. But, the very picture changes when it gets a passenger. At that time, the car simply moves forward in a great speed with a hurry to help the passenger move to its destination. Lately, a lot of complaints have been lodged against these taxi drivers. People have often faced inconveniences and rude behavior from their ride, and the biggest irony lies in the fact that the taxis have the tag written no refusal on their body, yet, all they do is to refuse to transport any passenger. Just for this reason, the numbers of yellow taxi in India are facing a rage of the public where the latter are not thinking twice before booking an ac cab for their journey. Apps like Uber and Ola are getting popular for this reason only. The dishonest chauffeurs do not understand the fact that yellow taxis have always been the matter of heritage for the Indian cities, and with their each refusal to each of the customers, they are simply refusing the legacy.

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Double Decker Buses And The Yellow Black Taxis Of India

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