Bengaluru: Mangaluru based fuel refinery has announced that government buses in Karnataka will run on diesel produced at Mangaluru-based petroleum refinery MRPL.

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited will now run Karnataka state-run buses that transport millions of passengers every day.

At present, the tender for supplying diesel to Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses is supplied by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL).

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According to an MRPL statement on Monday HPCL has now tied up with MRPL for the entire supply.

The first load to KSRTC by HPCL with MRPL high-speed diesel (HSD) under this tender was dispatched on September 2, the statement read.

“The tie-up is expected to increase MRPLs direct sale of HSD in Karnataka by at least 20-fold, in comparison to our sales last financial year said MRPL’s group general manager (marketing) Sathyanarayana HC to a news portal

Sathyanarayana HC also stated “MRPL is also expanding its retail network in Karnataka and Kerala with the construction of many retail outlets which are in final stages of their construction”.