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Friday, November 26, 2010

Karnataka State Transport Corporation scatters 1,000 schedules across Bangalore

The Karnataka State Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will shift 850 more long-distance schedules from the Kempe Gowda Bus Terminus to three other bus stands in the city in as many months to facilitate the Namma Metro construction work.

Though the metro would acquire just 7.5 acres, it had requested for 27.5 acres of KSRTC land for construction activities, scheduled to be completed within 36 months. The bus terminus is spread over 40 acres.

Some of the operational staff would also be shifted to bus stands at NGEF, Shantinagar and the Satellite Bus Stand on Mysore Road. As many as 150 schedules were already shifted from Majestic.

“We have received a letter from the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation that the work will get over within 36 months and it will only occupy 7.5 acres for the operations. The remaining land will be returned to us. Meanwhile, we will shift buses which operate from bay one of the bus station to Jalahalli and NGEF bus stations,” said Prabhu Das, division controller, KSRTC.

“We started shifting from September-end and will complete the shifting of 1,000 schedules by February-end 2011. Buses to Kolar, Chittoor, Tirupati and Vijayawada will leave from the NGEF, buses to Tamil Nadu will leave from Shantinagar and those to Mysore and Kerala will operate from the Satellite Bus Stand,” Das said.

Buses towards north-east and north-west Karnataka and Maharashtra, however, would operate from Majestic.

Other states-owned buses were also shifted from Majestic.
About 350 Tamil Nadu-bound buses would be operating from the Shantinagar bus terminal, while 400 buses to Kolar and Andhra Pradesh would be plying from the KSRTC’s facility at NGEF near Byappanahalli on Old Madras Road.
The Mysore Road bus stand would be handling 1,030 schedules, towards Mandya, Mysore, Gundlupet, Kollegal and Kerala.

The scattering of KSRTC schedules across the city would create difficulties for commuters. Majestic was centrally located and convenient to bus passengers.
The Bangalore Metro Transport Corporation would be plying buses linking the KSRTC bus stands with various parts of the city.

Meanwhile, the metro rail said it had started the construction in the Kempe Gowda Bus Terminus. “We are acquiring land section-wise and have started working a month ago at one corner of the bus station,” a metro rail spokesperson said.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bangalore Kumily KSRTC Volvo

On 2nd November,2010 I happened to travel from Bangalore to Kumili in the newly introduced Kar SRSTC Volvo Bus. The bus started from Majestic at sharp 20-45 hrs and since the traffic was heavy it took 1 hr to reach Shantinagar BS and by 22-30 it reached Hosur and the next stop was at Uthankudi near Krishnagiri where the bus stopped for 20 minutes dinner time and by 23-45 it left there and via Salem, Namakkal, Karur it reached Dindigul around 04-30 in the morning and via Batalakundu it reached Theni at 06-00 and at Kumily by 07-15.

It was a very nice journey and since there was not much publicity about the bus there were only 11 pax in the bus and it is a convenient link for those going to Madurai, Kodaikanal, Palani and to Kerala especially those going to High Ranges, Kottayam. The fare is Rs.585 and the Running time is 10 h! rs and 15 min. I wish it will get more passengers during the Sabarimala season as it is the shortest route.

William Vaghese

Friday, November 5, 2010

KSRTC shifts operations to new bus stand

The 33-odd services of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation from Coimbatore to various destinations in Karnataka from the Gandhipuram bus stand were shifted to the Mettupalayam Road new bus stand on Thursday. The operation of KSRTC services from Mettupalayam Road new bus stand came into effect from 4 p.m. on Thursday.

District Collector P. Umanath, Deputy Commissioner of Coimbatore Corporation S. Prabhakaran and Chairman of the Coimbatore Corporation West Zone V.P. Selvaraj were present when the operations of bus services were shifted from Gandhipuram to Mettupalayam Road bus stand.

At present KSRTC is operating services from the Gandhipuram SETC bus stand and the number of services included six volvo buses, three Rajahamsa buses, one non-AC sleeper and 20 express bus services to Mysore and Bangalore.

The other services are to destinations such as Tumkur, Mercara, Mysore, Hunsur, Shimoga, Harihara, Davangere, Sringeri, Bangalore, Mandya, K R Nagar, Mercara, Mysore and Bangalore.

The decision to shift the services was taken because of the space constraints that prevailed at the existing SETC bus stand in Gandhipuram.

The Corporation is also taking steps for arranging transportation services from Gandhipuram SETC bus stand to the Mettupalayam Road bus stand for the benefit of its passengers.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Amount debited from my account without ticket confirmation

Dear sir,

My transaction number OB2640561, POS 5264190140447524 KSRTC Central Of
for bangalore and chennai. Please refund this amount back to my account as this
transaction is failed, but the amount is remitted to your account. The seat no. are 7 and 8

I have booked the seat no. 5 & 6 for the same trip.


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Karnataka RTC is acquiring 90 new premium buses

Exploiting the popularity of its premium Airavat (Volvo) services on long routes, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is planning to add another 90 brand new Volvo and Mercedes Benz buses to its fleet of luxury buses on several routes from next month.

Premium service

The corporation is all set to cash in on its brand name and connect Bangalore with destinations such as Thrissur, Nasik, Kumbakonam, Kodaikanal, Salem, Pavagada and Gulbarga; Kollur with Kannur; Mysore with Panaji and Pune with premium services.

The corporation will deploy multi-axle Volvo buses on its most popular routes – between Bangalore and Mumbai, Shirdi, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune; Mangalore and Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad and Mysore and Chennai and Mumbai. Multi-axle buses promise to offer more comfort than the regular buses, said a senior KSRTC official, who said 20 multi-axle buses would be deployed.

Favourable feedback

After receiving an encouraging feedback from commuters for the Mercedes Benz buses during the trial run on the Bangalore–Mysore route, the corporation is securing 10 buses in a fortnight.

Fare structure

These buses will be deployed between Bangalore and Thiruchirapalli, Madurai, Puducherry, Vijayawada and Harikota, though formal date of commencement of services is yet to be announced. Fare structure for these services would be on a par with Volvo services, he added.

The corporation was planning to operate Corona Sleeper services to offer comfortable journey in the air-conditioned atmosphere to passengers.


These buses would be plying between Bangalore and Kolhapur, Vijayawada, Sagara (Shimoga district), Mangalore and Kundapur.

New routes

KSRTC would be deploying 56 regular Volvo buses to introduce 27 new schedules. These buses would be deployed between Bangalore and Nasik, Chennai, Ooty, Thrissur, Kumbakonam, Kodaikanal, Salem, Tiruvannamalai, Pavagada, Hubli/ Dharwad, Davangere, Chikmaglur, Virajpet, Shimoga, Gulbarga/ Bidar and Mysore; between Mangalore and Kolhapur, Pune, Bangalore via Somawarpet, Davangere via Bangalore and Bangalore via Dharmasthala; Kundapur and Bangalore via Hebri and via Manipal; Kollur and Kannur and between Mysore and Panaji via Mysore and Pune via Bangalore. With Ganesh Chaturthi fast approaching, the corporation is expecting an increased demand for its services as thousands of people would be travelling to their hometowns from Bangalore and other important towns.

Season on

Next would be the Dasara festival season followed by the Deepavali season.

The corporation official said the KSRTC had geared up in advance to provide more service based on the demand it had in the previous years.

Source: Hindu

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

KSRTC Complaint: In efficient & Negligent act of Bus conductor

Dear Sir,

My uncle, Mr. Sripathi Bhat was travelling from Ujire (Near Dharnasthala) to Bangalore on 24th August, 2010 in Rajahamsa Bus belonging to KSRTC, bearing No. 2458(said bus). On the way to Bangalore, while the said bus was standing at Chennrayapatna, my uncle got down in front of the Conductor saying that, he will go for urine and getin within two minutes. Surprisingly the bus condutor allowed the said bus to move without getin of my uncle, who is aged about 65 years and all his belongings were left in the bus. Apart from senior citizen, my uncle was not keeping well due to his old age, the act of your employees has aggravated his tension since he was in utter confusion in the midst of the road at late/early morining night. However, by much difficulty, he reached Bangalore, and enquired at your Bangalore Majestic office about the said bus, so that he will take his luggage. Your office people at Bangalore has taken him to the said bus in order to take his luggage. To his utter ! surprise, when he checked for his luggage inside the said bus at Bangalore, he could not found the same, and when asked for the driver & conductor of the bus, he has been informed that, they do not know where is those people.

The act of your employees, bus conductor leaving him behind with out properly checking the intake of all the passengers including my uncle at Chennrayapatna is nothing but an act of deficiency of service. Further my uncle has lost his luggage & due to same, he lost all his belongings including his valuables, a cash of Rs. 5400/- apart from his a spex which is of huge value. Due to all these tension's my uncle has forced to contact the Doctor at Bangalore as his BP, Sugar level has increased apart from other health hazards.

Therefore, I hereby call upon to make note of the above complaint and make good the loss caused to my uncle due to inefficient and negligent act of your employees, else i have no other option but to take appropriate action before a consumer forum.