New Year's gift: KSRTC to launch buses with toilet facility
- Karnataka cabinet's approval for these new buses has been received.
- On a pilot basis, the KSRTC will invest ₹10 crores and purchase 10 buses.
- These buses will be non-stop from start to destination.
Long distance travel in Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will be more convenient from next year as the buses will have in-built toilet facility similar to that of trains.
The transport authority has already received the cabinet's approval and soon it will be finalising the tenders for installing toilets inside the long distance buses.
According to a KSRTC top officials, this new change has been introduced keeping women safety, patient and old age travellers in mind.
Rajendra Kumar Kataria, Managing Director of KSRTC said, "Although, the fares in these buses will be a bit higher as compared to the normal buses, but it will be made affordable for those opting these new buses to travel."
On a pilot basis, the KSRTC will invest ₹10 crores and purchase 10 buses that will operate from International Airport in Bengaluru to Tirupati, Ernakulam, Salem, Mysuru and Madikeri. There will be two buses on each of these routes that will match the arrival and departure time of their respective flights.
"Most of the people who travel in flight will not mind spending on little more on luxury buses. These buses will have bio-toilets similar to the toilets planned to be installed in trains by Indian railways. As these toilets will have special features, its maintenance will also cost higher. Hence, each bus will cost approximately ₹1 crores. Coming 2017 this bus will be launched as new year gift," Said Kataria.
These buses will be non-stop from start to destination. The bus in which safety will be the top priority is yet to be given a brand name.
"At present, the non-stop fly buses that are plying on Bengaluru Mysuru and Bengaluru Kundapura via Manipal have recorded zero percent of accidents and we want to maintain the same with the new buses," he observed.