Amritsar: At a function held at the Wagah border yesterday, the third batch of 25 Ashok Leyland buses was flagged off to Kabul.
These buses from Ashok Leyland have been supplied to the Afghan ministry of transport as part of the Indian government's assistance to Afghanistan. This takes the total number of Ashok Leyland buses supplied to Afghanistan under the assistance programme to 75.
For Ashok Leyland, it is carrying forward the association started with its participation at the Confederation of Indian Industry's 'Made in India Show' held September 2002 in Kabul.
The exhibition was an opportunity for the company to exhibit its product capabilities relevant to the region, as well as to study the unique market needs. Setting up an after-market support infrastructure at Kabul was the next step.
Market insights gained by Ashok Leyland helped in providing certain special features in these custom-built buses. The power demands of the mountainous terrain would be met by the fuel-efficient H-series engine, turbo-charged and capable of developing 160 PS @ 2,400 rpm.
A cold starting device is provided, keeping in mind the extremely cold winter months. And the crew selected for these buses has already undergone training in India.