The reports mentioned that Rohit Goel, Regional Manager, Maruti Suzuki said, “In order to facilitate the individuals purchasing the vehicles, the company will provide a one-stop solution for school van buyers including easy finance and modification as per school bus norms of the state. The school van initiative would soon be extended through its entire network in the state. The process for the same has been standardised across the region for maintaining the quality standards. Maruti will also take initiative in creating awareness about this school bus policy across various schools and operators.”
It was also mentioned that he further added that as compared to cities like Mumbai where buses and auto rickshaws are used for school transport, such vehicles will be very relevant for smaller cities. Some of the features of these Omni and Eeco school vans include seat belts, hangers to hold, safety grills, speed governor, first aid box and fire extinguisher. The vans are painted in yellow colour with red band as per norms for its easy identification as a school van. It is also available in Auto LPG and CNG Options. The price of these school vans start from Rs 3.25 lakh. There are over 16 lakh school children taking education in over 7000 schools in Pune district alone. As of now Maruti will have one dealership point with Mahalaxmi Automotives in Pune, according to the report.