KSRTC inducts Ten Mercedes Benz buses
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has added 10 international standard Mercedes- Benz buses to its fleet and will deploy them on five long distance daily services including between Bangalore and Mysore.
The passengers, who are already enjoying the luxury of Volvo buses between Mysore and Bangalore, can now enjoy the Benz bus ride – four trips from Mysore and four trips from Bangalore (fare Rs. 260). Transport Minister R. Ashok flagged off two buses bound for Mysore in front of Vidhana Soudha this morning and said that the KSRTC will also run the Mercedes- Benz buses for its inter state schedules such as Tirupathi, Chennai and Hyderabad soon.
Keeping in to account the public demand the KSRTC would ply Mercedes-Benz buses to Gulbarga and Belgaum shortly. It has decided to run buses between Bangalore and Shimoga. Surprisingly, no new bus service is between Mangalore and Bangalore.
Noting the features of the Mercedes- Benz bus, he said that the Rs.68 lakh (Volvo bus cost Rs. 65 lakh) would ensure superior comfort. It has pleasing interior ambience, specially designed executive passenger seats with night lamps and LCD television screen.
The KSRTC has bagged several awards, including two international awards and six national awards. Even the Centre is considering the State Transport Corporation for its pilot projects on priority. The Government has decided to purchase more buses in the JNURM scheme of the centre, he said. It had problems in its Gulbarga and Hubli sectors and rectified them. Owing to its efforts the Gulbarga division, which incurring loss regularly, is now started making profits, he said.
Welcoming the gathering the Managing Director of the KSRTC Gaurav Gupta said that the drivers of Mercedes- Benz were specially trained at the Mercedes unit in Pune. The KSRTC registered a record of sorts on Tuesday (September14) by collecting a total of Rs. 20 crore altogether from all its daily services and made a record profit of Rs. 8.16 crore on a single day, he explained. The Secretary Department of Transport Shankaralinge Gowda and the Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes Benz India Wilfried Aulbur were present.
Timings for Mysore:
Mysore-Bangalore (Departure): 12.10 pm, 12.30 pm, 8.30 pm, 8.50 pm
Bangalore-Mysore (Departure): 7.40 am, 8.00 am, 5.10 pm, 5.30 pm.
KSRTC Bus Service
The great response to the Mangalore-Manipal Volvo bus services of the KSRTC that commenced about a month ago has stunned the KSRTC Mangalore Division. According to reports, the buses have earned Rs 48 lakhs during a month, despite them pressed into service amid strong opposition from the private bus lobby.
The six AC Volvo buses commence services from seven in the morning and operate 25 trips during a day. The fare is fixed reasonably at Rs 60 and about 40 passengers can travel in a bus. KSRTC sources revealed that each bus has earned a profit of Rs 1.60 lakhs per month.
RTO officer Jayanth Kumar says The private bus operators even thought in terms of reducing their fare to compete with the Volvo buses and also had plans to start their own AC bus services. But their plans could not succeed due to the RTO restrictions.
As expected, the private bus lobby had initially created several hurdles for the Volvo buses creating unnecessary obstructions. Still, it could in no way diminish the popularity of the Volvo buses. The people of the district would benefit greatly if the KSRTC enthused by the great response to the Mangalore-Manipal Volvo buses, would introduce similar services on other routes.
The KSRTC has announced that the semi-low floor non-AC Ashok Leyland buses would commence services in the city from this month or early next month. Nine such buses have been allotted to Kochi, and they are awaiting the green signal from the Regional Transport Authority.
The buses would be introduced on three routes. Three buses each would operate on the Poothotta-Njarackal, Panangad-Aluva and Chottanikkara-Aluva routes, all via Menaka. With the introduction of these buses, the total number of JNNURM buses in Kochi would go up to 22. KSRTC officials have claimed that the collection from the Volvo buses are increasing steadily.
In the case of the seven buses introduced in the first phase, earning per kilometre has started to touch Rs 40 per kilometre which is the break-even level. But, the profitability of the six buses started last week is yet to be ascertained, Sheraf Mohammed, Special Officer, JNNURM, KSRTC to The New Indian Express. The collection in Trivandrum is much lower, and no buses have been added to the fleet after the initial batch of 8 buses
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KSRTC Online Reservation
Since the Volvo air conditioned services were introduced between the Udupi and Mangalore and the KSRTC is basking in the glory of it. This wonderful service has fetched Rs. 85 lakhs since it was pressed into service which is a great news for KSRTC. The Corporation is now looking towards introducing more buses and the application to this effect is in the offing. KSRTC Online Booking. In addition the Kasargod-Mangalore-Manipal service also been started a month ago has also received good response, but only thing that matters is that the frequency of the service was great between each schedule. Mangalore Manipal was 30 minutes each and Manipal-Kasargod was 3 hours each, which holds back the service from going full stream. Every schedule is full, people wait for our vehicles, sometimes we feel terrible for skipping pick up points after the bus is filled to the brim says Mr. P.B. Karumbaiah Divisional Controller of the KSRTC Mangalore division. But we make sure that no passenger is left behind, but the problem is the bus gets its full seating capacity at the starting point and there is hardly any room for seats for the passengers who get on the way. But the passengers do not mind to travel standing as the bus is very smooth and the air conditioning is so efficient that even standing passengers do not feel any fatigue and they are fresh when they disembark at their respective destinations. Managing Director of the KSRTC Mr. Gaurav Gupta says we are in the process of finalising application for introducing more buses on both routes with the Regional Transport Authority of Mangalore with notice to the State Transport Authority. But the private bus lobby was objecting to it and were trying to stall the developments. But we are sure that the KSRTC will get additional permits In the meanwhile the private bus lobby after noticing the popularity of the Volvo services have started heckling the volvo buses in every bus stands by picking up quarrels with the crew. But in one incident a private bus driver was shooed away by the passengers at Surathkal bus stand for trying to delay their bus. But it does not matter as our engines are capable of delivering a top speed of 120 km per hour and no other bus on the road is as powerful as this, we can catch up with any bus say the crew. They cannot heckle our buses as they are government vehicles and it is displayed on the bus prominently, but our only concern is that the private buses carry couple of goons in their vehicle and they might try to accost the passengers which will be a serious thing to happen say the crew. At the end of the day the private bus mafia has no way but to fall in line, cut down their violent ways of competition, behave well with the passengers and provide safe and good services to the people.
KSRTC is basking in glory on launching Volvo air conditioned service between Udupi and Mangalore
KSRTC is basking in glory on launching Volvo air conditioned service between Udupi and Mangalore. Its flymbount start could gross Rs. 85 lakhs just in 45 days of its start. A great influx of passengers is pouring in for KSRTC online booking, which is a great sign for Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation. Now they are set to roll out more buses on potential routes.
Another Kasargod-Mangalore-Manipal service has also been started subsequently. KSRTC is receiving good response. But major concern is that of the frequency of the service between each schedule i.e., from Mangalore to Manipal is just 30 minutes each and Manipal -Kasargod was 3 hours each.
Mr. P.B. Karumbaiah, Divisional Control of the KSRTC Mangalore Division, says every schedule bus is full and passengers are waiting for vehicles. He further adds of being skipped various pick-up points with overcapacity and no room remains spare for seats for the passengers who get on the way.
However, Mr. Karumbaiah assures not of leaving behind any passenger. He back passengers travel standing as these busses run very smooth, and their air condition is efficient keep them afresh even when they get off at their respective destinations.
Managing Director of the KSRTC, Mr. Gaurav Gupta, reassures that they are going in for finalising request for introducing more buses. But private operators are up in their arms and trying to halt development of any kind.
Meanwhile, seeking popularity of the Volvo bus service, private transporters have shown contempt and turned violent at various places. One of the sporadic incidents, a private bus driver heckled plying bus at Surathkal bus stand. “But it does not matter as our engines are capable of delivering a top speed of 120 km per hour and no other bus on the road is as powerful as this, we can catch up with any bus say the crew.
Still, KSRTC is stood to their guns and displaying courage to smooth running. Yet concerns are being raised by a handful of private bus operators who are carrying a couple of goons in their vehicle in prospect of harming passengers.
At the end of the day the private bus mafia has no way but to fall in line, cut down their violent ways of competition, behave well with the passengers and provide safe and good services to the people.
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