The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation 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.
|Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation|
|Public Sector Corporation under the Ministry of Transport of the State Government of Karnataka|
|Industry||Public transport bus service|
|Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana and Puducherry|
Sri. K. Gopala Poojary (Chairman)
|Revenue||₹16.3585 billion (US$240 million) (2008–09)|
|Website||Karnataka State RTC|
KSRTC was set up in 1961 under the provisions of Road Transport Corporation Act, 1950. It is owned by the Government of Karnataka. 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.
Corporation has its Corporate office at Bangalore. Presently, 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. 79 Depots, 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. It operates 26.65 lakh km daily holding a fleet of 10829 vehicles (Volvo 190, Volvo Multi Axle 141, Volvo City 50, Mercedes-Benz 10, Mercedes-Benz Multi Axle 20, Corona Sleeper 74, Corona Seater 7, Scania 56, Tata 4605, Ashok Leyland 2856, Eicher 336 and Swaraj Mazda 3 and more.), earns traffic revenue of Rs. 747.08 lakh daily catering to 26.18 lakh passengers on an average. It stands 5th amongst STUs in the Nation by size.
Corporation services covers 92% villages in Karnataka. KSRTC operates with a total fleet of 23829 buses (KSRTC-8348, NEKRTC-4343, NWKRTC-4716, BMTC–6422). 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).
Total – 23,829
Fully air conditioned nonstop luxury, Volvo multi axle bus service between Bengaluru International Airport and Mysuru, Madikeri, Coimbatore, Kundapura with pantry, chemical toilets, live display of flight timings, GPS, wifi facilities and in-bus live entertainment.
Fully air conditioned luxury bus service operated using Volvo and Mercedes Benz buses with semi-recliner seats.
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.
Fully air suspension non AC reclinable seat bus, other than Raajahamsa which normally ply over North Eastern Karnataka regions.
Fully air conditioned sleeper bus service.
Non air conditioned sleeper bus service built on Tata chassis.
Fully air conditioned and air suspension bus with 2+2 reclinable seats. Can consider it to be an alternate option for Airavat.
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.
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.
Buses which connects villages with ordinary fare (slightly costs lesser than suvarna sarige).