Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is a state-owned road transportation company in the state of Karnataka in India. Corporation has the largest fleet of Volvo buses among state owned transport companies in India. It is wholly owned by the Government of Karnataka.[5]

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation
Public Sector Corporation under the Ministry of Transport of the State Government of Karnataka
IndustryPublic transport bus service
FoundedSeptember 12, 1948 (1948-09-12)[1] as MGRTD
Headquarters,
Area served
Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Goa and Puducherry
Key people
Sri. K. Gopala Poojary (Chairman)[2]
Sri. Basawaraj Bulla[3]
(Vice-Chairman)
ServicesPublic transport
Revenue16.3585 billion (US$240 million) (2008–09)[4]
Subsidiaries
WebsiteKarnataka State RTC

History

The state of Mysore, Mysore Government Road Transport Department (MGRTD) was inaugurated on 12 September 1948 with 120 buses[6]. The transport department of The Mysore state is administrated until 1961. After the Government of Mysore was subsequently converted into an independent Corporation under Section 3 of the Road Transport Corporation Act, 1950 on 1st of August 1961, In 1961 after successfully converted into an independent corporation all assets and liabilities of MGRTD has transferred to MSRTC[7]. In 1st of October 1961 Bangalore Transport Service [BTS] also merged with the MSRTC[8]. In 1 November 1973 the Mysore state was renamed into Karnataka state, also 1 November 1973 MSRTC is rename into KSRTC. In August 1997, KSRTC was divided to form Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC). In November 1997, another new road transport corporation called North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) was formed to cater to the transportation needs of North Western parts of Karnataka. Later, the North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) was also formed with its corporate office in Gulbarga.[9][10]

Present Status

Corporation has its Corporate office at Shanthi Nagar, Bangalore. Presently, excludes it's subsidiary's it covers seventeen Districts (Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Ramanagar, Kolar, Chickballapur, Tumkur, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Shivamogga, Mangaluru, Udupi, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajnagar, Kodagu) in the State under its operational jurisdiction. It has totally 17 Divisions – 16 operating Divisions viz. Bengaluru Central, Ramanagar, Tumkur, Kolar, Chickballapur, Mysuru City, Mysuru Rural, Mandya, Chamarajnagar, Hassan, Chikkamagaluru, Mangaluru, Puttur, Davanagere ,Shivamogga,Chitradurga and 1 bus station division viz., KBS. 84 Depots, 166 Bus station, 4 Regional Workshops, 1 Central Training Institute, 2 Regional Training Institutes, 1 Printing Press and 1 Hospital. It has a workforce of about 37019 employees(excludes it's subsidiary's). It operates 26.65 lakh km daily holding a fleet of '8744(excludes it's subsidiary's) and it's earns traffic revenue of Rs. 976.10 lakh lakh daily catering to 30.12 lakh passengers on an average(excludes it's subsidiary's)[11]. It stands 5th amongst STUs in the Nation by size(excludes it's subsidiary's).

Services

Corporation services covers 92% villages in Karnataka(includes it's subsidiary's).[12] KSRTC operates with a total fleet of 24,138 buses (KSRTC-8657,[13] NEKRTC-4343,[14] NWKRTC-4716,[15] BMTC–6422[16]). It transports, on an average, 74.57 lakh passengers per day. It also operates to the neighboring states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Goa and Kerala. KSRTC was the first state transport corporation to introduce Volvo B7RLE low floor city buses in India in 2005. At present, KSRTC operates TATA, Ashok Leyland, Eicher Motors are More, Also Volvo, Mercedes Benz, Scania buses under the A/C (Airavat) services (Airavat means the mythical white elephant in Kannada).[17]

Number of bus by corporation

Total – 24,138

Types of Services

  • Ambaari Dream Class

Longest bus in Asia (15m long) with 40 spacious sleeper berths fabricated as per AIS 119 standards with more headroom and legroom. The 410 HP Volvo B11R bus customized by Prakash features panoramic windows, roof ventilator, emergency door at the middle of the bus as per CMVR regulations, fire detection and suppression systems, mobile charging points, bottle holders and headrests.[18]

  • Flybus

Fully air conditioned nonstop luxury, Volvo multi axle bus service between Bengaluru International Airport and Mysuru, Madikeri, Manipal, Kundapura with pantry, chemical toilets, live display of flight timings, GPS, wifi facilities and in-bus live entertainment.[19]

  • Airavat

Fully air conditioned luxury bus service operated using Volvo and Mercedes Benz buses with semi-recliner seats.

  • Airavat Bliss

Fully air conditioned luxury Volvo multi axle bus service with chemical toilets, wifi, pantry and individual TV screens.[20]

  • Airavat Superia

Fully air conditioned luxury Volvo multi axle bus service with chemical toilets, wifi, and auto hand wash system.[21]

  • Airavat Diamond Class

Fully air conditioned luxury bus service operated using Scania multi-axle buses with hi-definition night vision cameras for recording inside the bus and fleet management system for performance monitoring in the bus.[22]

  • Airavat Club Class

Fully air conditioned luxury bus service operated using Volvo and Mercedes Benz multi-axle buses with semi-recliner seats and with calf support.[23]

  • Rajahamsa

Non air conditioned deluxe bus service with recliner seats in 2+2 configuration built on Tata and Ashok Leyland chassis.

  • Suhasa

Fully air suspension non AC reclinable seat bus, other than Raajahamsa which normally ply over North Eastern Karnataka regions.

  • Corona Ambaari

Fully air conditioned sleeper bus service.

  • Ambaari Non A\C Sleeper

Non air conditioned sleeper bus service built on Tata chassis.

  • Corona

Fully air conditioned and air suspension bus with 2+2 reclinable seats. Can consider it to be an alternate option for Airavat.

  • Sheethal

Fully air conditioned and air suspension vehicle with 3+2 non-reclinable seats built on Ashok Leyland chassis. Mostly operates between Mysuru and Bengaluru, but now replaced with Volvo Airavat.

  • Vaibhav

Non air conditioned deluxe bus service with recliner seats in 2+2 configuration built on Tata and Ashok Leyland chassis. The seats recline less when compared to Rajahamsa.

  • Karnataka Sarige, Suvarna Sarige, Vayavya Karnataka Sarige and Eshanya Karnataka Sarige

Widely abundant mode of bus service with 3+2 non reclining seats in KSRTC, NWKRTC and NEKRTC found in red-white or green and red/orange – cream liveries respectively. These are built on Ashok Leyland, Tata and Eicher chassis.

  • Gramantara Sarige

Buses which connects villages with ordinary fare (slightly costs lesser than suvarna sarige).

  • Nagara Sarige

These are intra city/town buses plying in Tier-2 cities and towns across Karnataka built on Ashok Leyland, Tata and Eicher chassis.

See also

References

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