Busworld and Messe Frankfurt India have announced that Busworld India will be held from 25-27 August 2022 in Bengaluru.
The organisers point out that public transport saw a major slowdown during the pandemic as bus ridership and service levels were severely impacted and public transport operators were strained due to lack of revenue. With things slowly getting back to normal over the past few months, they believe that the sector is gradually starting to recover and the time will be right for the show to return.
“The year 2020 and the beginning of the year 2021 has been a tough one for the industry with lots of uncertainty and sluggishness marring the supply chain,” says a spokesperson for the organisers.
“However, the signs of recovery in bus transportation in these past few months have brought back the spark among bus manufacturers and sellers. Through Busworld India 2022, we aim to strongly contribute in the industry’s revival and bring crucial and invaluable business opportunities to the industry players across India and worldwide.”
During the lockdowns over the past year, Busworld India has continued to keep the industry connected and updated through a series of virtual webinars and knowledge sessions.
During a recent webinar on ‘Restoring bus in public transport through collaboration between Asian cities and the bus industry’ hosted by Busworld India, Prasanna Patwardhan, president, Bus & Car Operators Confederation of India (BOCI), urged the government to support state transport undertakings and private bus operators to increase the public preference toward buses: “The government should completely open up luxury services by buses to private sector and let state transport undertakings compete with private operators on quality of services.
All STU bus stations need to be modernised and private operators should be allowed to operate from the same stations, on similar lines like airports, and open government lands can be made available for bus parking at a nominal cost.”
The Indian government’s goal to add maximum electric buses on the road has given rise to significant opportunities for both vehicle manufacturers, as well as component suppliers and charging infrastructure suppliers. Mumbai has recently received 25 new electric buses adding to its 206 existing e-buses, and plans to procure 115 more within the next two months.