Rid­ing the Jan­bus

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The Ashok Ley­land Jan­bus has played a cameo role in a Hindi movie, ‘Badri­nath ki Duha­nia’, that was re­leased in March 2017. A ro­man­tic comedy film, which was pro­moted as yet an­other in a se­ries of such movies af­ter ‘Humpty Sharma ki Dul­ha­nia’, which was re­leased in 2014, the scene that fea­tures the Jan­bus is when the hero Badri­nath (played by Varun Dhawan) dreams of chas­ing a beau­ti­ful girl Vaidehi (Alia Bhatt), whom he sees at a wed­ding. Bar­i­nath is shown chas­ing the girl on the streets of Kota, Ra­jasthan, as she rides the Jan­bus. The movie, di­rected by Shashank Khai­tan, por­trays Bar­i­nath as a lad from a wealthy fam­ily stay­ing in Jhansi. Upon see­ing Vaidehi at the wed­ding Barid­nath falls head over heels for her. He makes it a mis­sion to marry Vaidehi even if it in­volves go­ing against the wish of his fa­ther. Bar­di­nath has in front of him the ex­am­ple of his el­der brother, who was com­pelled to marry a girl sug­gested by his fa­ther de­spite lov­ing some other girl.

Even if it is in a dream, the Jan­bus plays a pos­i­tive role in de­pict­ing a jour­ney of love be­tween two young souls. Found in many cities of In­dia, Ashok Ley­land Jan­bus is claimed to come with a highly com­pet­i­tive ac­qui­si­tion cost. First city­bus in In­dia to of­fer an au­to­mated man­ual trans­mis­sion, the Jan­bus, in­tro­duced in Au­gust, 2014, is a fully-flat floor, front-en­gine bus with sin­glestep en­try. It is fea­ture rich and tech­no­log­i­cally well con­fig­ured. De­signed as an in­no­va­tive trans­port so­lu­tion to those who find the cost of ac­quir­ing low-floor rear-en­gine city-buses ex­or­bi­tant, the Jan­bus has come to be re­garded for its abil­ity to de­liver a smooth, com­fort­able and af­ford­able ride. With a uni­form floor height of 650 mm, the Jan­bus is easy to board and exit. It is equipped with Pas­sen­ger In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (PIS), ve­hi­cle track­ing and an in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. Com­ply­ing with ur­ban bus spec­i­fi­ca­tions, and the bus code, the bus of­fers high de­gree of cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions, in­clud­ing the place­ment of doors and seats. Ca­pa­ble of be­ing used for reg­u­lar routes as well as for BRT, or for air­port duty, the Jan­bus is avail­able with AC and with­out AC. Ca­pa­ble of seat­ing 40 peo­ple, the Jan­bus is pow­ered by a ‘H’ se­ries, six-cylin­der, com­mon rail diesel en­gine that pro­duces 225 hp at 2500 rpm of power, and 800 Nm of max­i­mum torque. Trans­mis­sion is a sixspeed, Ley­matic AMT. Called the Op­tidrive, the AMT tech is mo­du­lar in na­ture, and en­ables smooth and com­fort­able travel. The Jan­bus shown in the movie bears the ‘Kota Pari­va­han Seva’ logo, and is non AC. In the movie it makes for a re­fresh­ing change over the city-buses shown in movies with in­te­ri­ors that look bland, cramped and unin­spir­ing.

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