Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is a state-owned public road transport corporation in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is wholly owned by the Government of Karnataka. It serves routes to towns and cities in the southern part of Karnataka and connects it to the rest of the state and the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa and the Union territory of Puducherry. In June 2021, Kerala State Road Transport Corporation KSRTC was awarded the acronym KSRTC by the Controller General of Patents Designs and Trade Marks, which is part of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India when Kerala filed a case against Karnataka SRTC in response to a legal notice by the Karnataka SRTC to stop using the acronym KSRTC.[3][4] As of January 2022, it has a fleet strength of 8113 buses.[2]

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation
Native name
Karnāṭaka Rājya Raste Sārige Nigama
Karnāṭaka Rājya Raste Sārige Nigama
Formerly
  • Mysore Government Road Transport Department (1948–1961)
  • Mysore State Road Transport Corporation (1961–1973)
Company typePublic
IndustryPublic transport bus service
PredecessorMysore Government Road Transport Department
Founded
  • September 12, 1948; 75 years ago (1948-09-12)
    as Mysore Government Road Transport Department[1]
  • August 1, 1961; 62 years ago (1961-08-01)
    as Mysore State Road Transport Corporation
  • November 1, 1973; 50 years ago (1973-11-01)
    as Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation
HeadquartersKSRTC Central Office, Sarige Sadana, Kengal Hanumanthaiah Road, Shantinagara, ,
Number of locations
Area served
Primary Base

Intrastate

Interstate

Key people
  • Sri. V. Anbukumar, IAS
    Managing Director
  • Dr. Ekroop Caur, IAS
    Secretary to Government (Budget & Resources), Department of Finance
  • Dr. N. V. Prasad, IAS
    Secretary to Government, Department of Transport
  • Sri Prashant Kumar Mishra, IAS
    Director (P&V)
  • Sri. Paresh Kumar Goel, ISDE
    Director (Transport), Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Central Govt. Representative
  • Sri. Girish C. Hosur, IFS
    Metropolitan Commissioner for BMRDA, Invitee (Official)
  • Sri. Ramalinga Reddy, MLA
    Chairperson, KSRTC & Minister for Transport & Muzrai, Government of Karnataka
Brands
  • Karnataka Sarige
  • Gramantara Sarige
  • Nagara Sarige
  • AC Nagara Sarige
  • Samparka Sarige
  • Ashwameda Classic Class
  • Rajahamsa Executive Class
  • Pallakki Class
  • Airavat Class
  • Airavat Club Class
  • Ambaari Class
  • Ambaari Dream Class
  • Ambaari Utsav Class
  • Flybus
  • EV- Power Power+
ServicesPublic transport
Revenue₹ 9,61,12,000 per day[2]
OwnerGovernment of Karnataka
Number of employees
34904[2] (2022)
ParentDepartment of Transport, Government of Karnataka
Divisions15 operating divisions

1 bus station division

WebsiteKarnataka SRTC Main Website
All Karnataka's RTCs Ticket Reservation
Namma Cargo Logistics and Parcel Services
Footnotes / references
8113 buses serve 23.23 lakh passengers per day[2]

History

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Foundation

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Mysore Government Road Transport Department was inaugurated on 12 September 1948 with 120 buses.[1] The transport department of The Mysore state administrated it until 1961.

Corporatization

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It was subsequently converted into an independent corporation under Section 3 of the Road Transport Corporation Act, 1950 on 1 August 1961, In 1961, after successfully converting into an independent corporation all assets and liabilities of MGRTD were transferred to Mysore State Road Transport Corporation.[1]

Merger

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On 1 October 1961, Bangalore Transport Service was merged with it.[1]

Renaming

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On 1 November 1973, the Mysore state was renamed as Karnataka, thus Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation.

Bifurcation

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Services

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KSRTC Bengaluru Division's Karnataka Sarige built on Ashok Leyland chassis
  • Karnataka Sarige: It is a non-AC bus service with 3+2 non-reclining seats built on single-axle Ashok Leyland, Tata and Eicher suburban chassis with a durangi livery of two colours consisting of silver and red colours. It is an interdistrict, interstate service in Dakshina Karnataka (Southern Karnataka).
  • Gramantara Sarige: It is a non-AC bus service with 3+2 non-reclining seats built on single-axle Ashok Leyland, Tata and Eicher suburban chassis with a durangi livery of two colours consisting of blue and white colours. It is a service to connect villages to nearby cities and towns in Dakshina Karnataka (Southern Karnataka).
  • Nagara Sarige: It is a non-AC bus service with 2+2 non-reclining seats built on single-axle Ashok Leyland, Tata and Eicher urban chassis with various liveries depending upon the locale. It is an intracity and town service in Dakshina Karnataka (Southern Karnataka) except for Bangalore. Bangalore Metropolitan Region is served by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation.
 
KSRTC Mysuru Division's Nagara Sarige built on Tata Marcopolo chassis
  • AC Nagara Sarige: It is a AC bus service with 2+2 non-reclining seats built on multi-axle Volvo urban chassis with various liveries depending upon the locale. It is an intracity and town service in Dakshina Karnataka (Southern Karnataka) except for Bangalore. Bangalore Metropolitan Region is served by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation.
  • Samparka Sarige: It is a non-AC bus service with 2+2 non-reclining seats built on single-axle Ashok Leyland, Tata and Eicher with white-pink livery. It is a shuttle bus service between Kempegowda Bus Station and Mysuru Road Bus Station in Bangalore.
  • Ashwameda Classic Class: It is a non-AC bus service with 3+2 non-reclining seats with more comfort than Karnataka Sarige built on single-axle Ashok Leyland suburban chassis with a durangi livery of two colours consisting of silver and red colours. It is an interdistrict, interstate point-to-point service in Dakshina Karnataka (Southern Karnataka).
  • Rajahamsa Executive Class: It is a non-AC ultra-deluxe bus service with 2+2 reclining seats built on single-axle Ashok Leyland, Tata and Eicher chassis with a white livery. It is a long-distance service operating out of Dakshina Karnataka (Southern Karnataka).
  • Pallakki Class: It is a non-AC ultra-deluxe bus service with 2+1 lower and upper berth sleeper seats built on single-axle Ashok Leyland, Tata and Eicher chassis with a white livery. It is a long-distance service operating out of Dakshina Karnataka (Southern Karnataka).
  • Airavat Class: It is an AC luxury bus service with 2+2 reclining semi-sleeper seats built on a single-axle Volvo B7R (Old) or Volvo B8R (New) chassis with a white livery. It is a long-distance service operating out of Dakshina Karnataka (Southern Karnataka).

 

 

  • Ambaari Class: It is an AC luxury bus service with 2+1 lower and upper berth sleeper seats built on a single-axle Corona chassis with a white livery. It is a long-distance service operating out of Dakshina Karnataka (Southern Karnataka).

 

  • Ambaari Dream Class: It is an AC luxury bus service with 2+1 lower and upper berth sleeper seats built on a multi-axle Volvo B11R chassis with a white livery. It is a long-distance service operating out of Dakshina Karnataka (Southern Karnataka).[8]
  • Ambaari Utsav Class: It is an AC luxury bus service with 2+1 lower and upper berth sleeper seats on a 9600 Volvo Multi-axle sleeper with a light-blue livery. It is a long-distance service operating out of Dakshina Karnataka (Southern Karnataka).[9]
  • Flybus: It is an AC luxury bus service with 2+2 reclining seats with chemical toilets, Wi-Fi, and an auto hand wash system built on a multi-axle Volvo B9R (Old) or Volvo B11R (New) chassis with a golden livery. It is a service connecting Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore to Mysore, Madikeri and Kundapura.
  • EV- Power Plus+: It is an AC electric luxury bus service with 2+2 reclining seats built by Olectra with a blue livery. It is presently running on a trial basis between the cities of Bangalore and Mysore. It is expected to be operated on various intrastate and interstate routes out of Dakshina Karnataka (Southern Karnataka).[10]

Former services

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  • Meghdooth Class: It is an AC luxury bus service with 2+2 reclining seats built on a single-axle Ashok Leyland chassis with a dark blue-white livery. It is a long-distance service operating out of Dakshina Karnataka (Southern Karnataka). This service was replaced with Sheethal Class.
  • Sheethal Class: It is an AC luxury bus service with 2+2 reclining seats built on a single-axle Ashok Leyland chassis with a green livery. It is a long-distance service operating out of Dakshina Karnataka (Southern Karnataka). This service was replaced with Airavat Class.
  • Vaibhav Class: It is an AC luxury bus service with 2+2 reclining seats with less reclining compared to Rajahamsa Executive Class built on a single-axle Ashok Leyland chassis with a white livery. It is a long-distance service operating out of Dakshina Karnataka (Southern Karnataka). Currently defunct.
  • Airavat Bliss Class: It is an AC luxury bus service with 2+2 reclining seats with chemical toilets, Wi-Fi, pantry and individual TV screens built on a multi-axle Volvo chassis with a white livery. It is a long-distance service operating out of Dakshina Karnataka (Southern Karnataka). Currently defunct.[11]
  • Airavat Superia Class: It is an AC luxury bus service with 2+2 reclining seats with chemical toilets, Wi-Fi, and an auto hand wash system built on a multi-axle Volvo chassis with a white livery. It is a long-distance service operating out of Dakshina Karnataka (Southern Karnataka). Currently defunct.[12]
  • Airavat Diamond Class: It was an AC luxury bus service with 2+2 reclining seats built on a multi-axle Scania chassis with a white livery. It was a long-distance service operating out of Dakshina Karnataka (Southern Karnataka). This service was rebranded and merged with Airavat Club Class.[13]

'Shakti Scheme' Free Bus Service for women

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'Shakti Scheme' was announced by the Second Siddaramaiah ministry on 2 June 2023. It started on 11 June 2023, providing free-of-charge bus service to Karnataka domicile women. Beneficiaries show their government-issued photo identity and address proof for the first three months. Bus conductors issue them zero-fare tickets Thereafter, beneficiaries obtain Shakti smartcards (named after the name of the scheme) through an application process on the government's Seva Sindhu website.[14]

Terms and conditions of the scheme

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  • The scheme will apply to all four Road Transport Corporations in the state (KSRTC, BMTC, NWKRTC and KKRTC).
  • Nagara Sarige, Gramantara Sarige, Karnataka Sarige, Vayavya Nagara Sarige, Vayavya Gramantara Sarige, Vayavya Karnataka Sarige, Kalyana Nagara Sarige, Kalyana Gramantara Sarige, Kalyana Karnataka Sarige, Bengaluru Sarige, Samparka and Astra services will be part of the scheme.
  • Women can travel for free only on bus services within the state. Bus services to destinations outside Karnataka will be outside the scheme's purview even if women travel within the state. For example, a woman travelling to Mangaluru in Karnataka i.e., within the state on a Udupi-Kasaragod bus service which is an interstate service to Kasaragod in neighbouring Kerala, then the woman passenger will have to buy a ticket.
  • The scheme will not apply to luxury buses (Rajahamsa Executive Class, Airavat Class, Airavat Club Class, Pallakki Class, Amoghavarsha Class, Ambaari Class, Ambaari Dream Class, Ambaari Utsav Class, Kalyana Ratha Class, Fly Bus, EV- Power Plus+, Bengaluru Darshini, Vajra and Vayu Vajra services).
  • Half of the seats on KSRTC, NWKRTC and KKRTC's ordinary and express buses will be reserved for men. Luxury, AC and interstate buses as well as BMTC buses will be exempted from this.
  • The government will reimburse the RTCs based on the distance women travel.

Karnataka's Road Transport Undertakings

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  • KSRTC, Bangalore: Operates out of Southern Karnataka.
  • NWKRTC, Hubli: Operates out of North-Western Karnataka except Vijayapura district.
  • KKRTC, Gulbarga: Operates out of North-Eastern Karnataka and Vijayapura district.
  • BMTC, Bangalore: Operates in Bangalore Metropolitan Region offering transit service.

Namma Cargo Logistics and Parcel Services

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Namma Cargo Logistics and Parcel Services was launched on 26 February 2021. It provides cargo and parcel services on the routes in which The KSRTC (Karnataka), NWKRTC and KKRTC buses travel.[15]

See also

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References

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  1. ^ a b c d e "History of KSRTC". KSRTC.in.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "KSRTC Key Statistics". Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation. January 2022. Retrieved 31 August 2023.
  3. ^ Essentials, Law. "KSRTC: Case Study of The Dispute Between Kerala and Karnataka". Law Essentials. Retrieved 31 August 2023.
  4. ^ "Two states, one brand: how Kerala won battle against Karnataka for KSRTC trademark". The Indian Express. 5 June 2021. Retrieved 31 August 2023.
  5. ^ Ray, Aparajita (22 July 2012). "Wheels of change turn Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation into a winner". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  6. ^ "About Us - Kalyana Karnataka Road Transport Corporation". kkrtc.karnataka.gov.in. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  7. ^ "KSRTC starts service to Nashik". Archived from the original on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  8. ^ "KSRTC to roll out Volvo multi-axle sleeper buses". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Star of Mysore Online". Star of Mysore. Retrieved 18 February 2023.
  10. ^ "Bengaluru-Mysuru 'EV- Power Plus' starts from Monday; Tickets cheaper than multi-axle AC fleet". TimesNow. 14 January 2023. Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  11. ^ "KSRTC launches volvo with pantry". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  12. ^ "KSRTC launched four Airavat Superia buses with chemical toilets".
  13. ^ "Scania delivers first batch to KSRTC". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Guidelines released for free travel bus scheme for women in Karnataka". Deccan Herald. 5 June 2023. Retrieved 5 June 2023.
  15. ^ "Karnataka govt launches 'Namma Cargo' parcel and cargo service, to be run by Karnataka SRTC". The News Minute. 26 February 2021. Retrieved 19 August 2022.