GUWAHATI: Yolo bus, an inter-city transportation and mobility platform, launched its services in Assam.
Their primary focus is to expand its full-stack services with completely sanitized buses. The company aims to start offering its services across cities of Guwahati, Tinsukia, Silchar, North Lakhimpur, Duliajan along with other northeastern states. The inter-state routes would be Guwahati to Imphal via Dimapur and Kohima, Guwahati to Aizwal and Guwahati to Itanagar.
Speaking to EastMojo, Shailesh Gupta, CEO & founder, Yolo Bus, said, “Assam is an important part of our expansion plans. We see the current situation as a perfect opportunity to 1. extend our operations and help the people of Assam travel safely and 2. Generate employment opportunities for the long term. We would like to make an impact when it matters and we believe that we are perfectly capable of making this possible now.”
Following social distancing norms have also come with a cost as transport services have been mandated to ferry passengers at only 50 per cent capacity. This has also raised speculations on a surge in ticket prices. Clarifying such speculations on Gupta said that the company is not in favour of increased prices.
“Through smart network planning and dynamic price management, we will strive to provide travellers the safest travel options, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the best offers possible. We are not in favour of increased prices and are looking for government guidelines to come out with the best possible solution,” the CEO mentioned.
He also added that Yolo is also ready to provide it’s helping hand to migrant workers who are willing to return to their home if the situation arises.
“We are going to charge the growth of the Northeast region’s bus travel market with superior services. We have started hiring local youths in Assam and are investing in their training and development. We believe that this will contribute to skill development in the region and accelerate its economic growth over a period of time. Our goal is to provide a completely new experience in travel,” Gupta added.
The Gurugram-based company launched 10 buses on eight routes in May. The number is likely to be increased in the next couple of months.