In an attempt to encourage more women employees to step forward and drive Volvo buses, IAS officer C Shikha, the managing director of Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) drove a Volvo bus at the Hoskote Volvo driving training centre.

C Shikha

A video of the IAS officer surfaced the internet while she was test-driving a Volvo bus on Tuesday, January 14. In the video, C Shikha was seen behind the wheels as she was assisted by senior BMTC officials. The BMTC MD drove the bus in order to perform a quality check on the test track. 

In recent times, C Shikha is one of the first IAS officers to have inspected a Volvo bus by test driving it herself.  The employees, especially the BMTC women staff were overwhelmed by this gesture of their MD. 

'More women staffers should drive Volvo buses'

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In an interview, C Shikha said, "I just wanted to get a feel of public transport and also experience the feeling of driving a Volvo." She further added, "More women staffers should come forward to drive Volvo buses. I was doing a quality check as we are in the process of procuring these buses." BMTC has 6,400 buses and employees around 14,000 bus drivers with a daily ridership of 36 lakhs.