Bangalore, Sep 5 (): Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), the first and longest bus ever launched in the country with a facility of chemical toilet and pantry with a seating arrangement of forty-one people and which is 14.5 metre long, has been inaugurated by the deputy chief minister and transport minister R Ashoka in Bangalore.
After the inauguration, the minister said that the bus on a trial basis will travel between Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, Hyderabad and other places for three months. According to its usage, further decision will be taken on expanding the services of these buses.
“Already, mutli-facility buses, Airavat Bliss and Airavat Superia have got good response from the commuters. KSRTC is planning to introduce more of these buses,” said the minister.
Meanwhile the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has already launched long and multi-axle buses on Bangalore-Mysore route. The cost of the ticket will be Rs 300 and is likely to be extended to Bangalore-Chennai route soon.
The government of Karnataka had asked the BMTC and the KSRTC to reduce the pass amount and also directed to repay the amount to those who got the pass at pre-reduction rates from BMTC.
The repayment can be obtained from all the counters of the bus stations of BMTC across the city. The announcement of repayment on student pass was welcomed by many students who have been travelling in the public bus.
The corporation has decided to pay the money back to students who have been issued passes for the academic year 2012-13 from September 7.
Students who possess ten months’ pass will be receiving Rs 200 as repayment and the students who possess five months’ pass will be getting Rs 100.
School students who have ten months’ pass will be receiving Rs 125 repayment and the last date to benefit from this scheme will be Sep 13. College students can gain this benefit from Sep 14 to Sep 22.
The evening college students can obtain the repayment amount between September 24 and 30. All the students are requested to submit a photocopy of the student pass and produce the original at the respective counters while seeking repayment. The repayment amount will be noted by punching of hologram of the student pass.