Private here is truly public service!

Even when it rains cats and dogs in coastal Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts, the bus transport here, led by private operators, is never a washout.

It could be safely said no other City in Karnataka, including capital Bangalore, has a better private bus network as in Mangalore. Around 3,000 private buses not only connect every nook and corner of the two districts but also the rest of the state, in spite of the rain-ravaged roads.

There is a bus to Udupi from Mangalore every few minutes, so also to neighbouring Kasargod in Kerala. When it comes to linking other cities and states, Mangalore tops again.

Karnataka State Bus Owners’ Federation President Rajverma Ballal claims with pride that no other city can match the service offered by private buses right from the times of undivided Dakshina Kannada district. Be it the condition of buses, maintenance, cleanliness, frequency or punctuality, the private buses here are far superior to any region. Crew behaviour too had improved. “Our drivers have a rapport with passengers, which is lacking in KSRTC buses,” he says.

 

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