KSRTC to ply city buses in 30 more cities across State

Move aims to provide people better connectivity in smaller towns, cities

KSRTC to ply city buses in 30 more cities across State

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will extend city services to 30 medium and small cities across the State in an effort to provide better connectivity.

At present, the KSRTC is operating city buses in ten cities  - Mysuru, Tumakuru, Hassan, Mandya, Kolar, KGF, Davangere, Chikkamagaluru, Chikkaballapur and Mangaluru. New services are likely to be launched predominantly in northwestern and northeastern parts of Karnataka, where there is a lack of public transportation facilities.

Rajender Kumar Kataria, Managing Director, KSRTC told Deccan Herald that it is important to ply buses in smaller cities as people lack facilities and are forced to pay shell out huge sum to travel by autos, jeeps or maxi-cabs. “We are currently operating in 10 cities and given the lack of transportation facilities in certain parts of the State, such as in north Karnataka, we are keen to establish our presence there too,” he said.

According to development experts, transportation facilities in northeastern regions of Karnataka are poor and there is an urgent need to provide better facilities to people, a senior KSRTC officials said. “We are aware that people travel by hanging and clinging onto vehicles such as jeeps or tempo travellers, putting their lives at risk. We want to ensure people get comfortable, reliable and affordable travel services. That is why KSRTC is planning to expand its services to a smaller cities and towns,” he added.

Dharmendra D, a bank employee and a former resident of north Karnataka who is now settled in Bengaluru, said that there is an urgent need for better public transportation facilities in these parts of Karnataka. “People are forced to take autos or jeeps, which are either too expensive or overcrowded. Even the tempo travellers are jam-packed. People would be happy if a public bus service is introduced,” he said.

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