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VRL Group of companies are one of the leading business group of Karnataka state, India. The company has its headquarters at Hubli. The Group has business interests in road transportation, logistics, publishing etc. VRL is an abbreviation of Vijayanand Roadlines Limited. The company was started by Vijay Sankeshwar in 1976 at Gadag. Vijay Sankeshwar's family was into business of publishing books and guides for students. He entered into business of road transport to ferry goods and cargo by the name of VRL. VRL later started private bus services in between cities and towns of Karnataka, which were later expanded to other states of India. The VRL has wide network of branches throughout South India and Maharashtra.
From this beginning VRL has grown into a logistics and transport company which is currently the largest fleet owner in India with a fleet of 3579 Vehicles (Including 488 tourist buses & 3091 Goods Transport Vehicles) as of 28 February 2013. VRL finds mentioned in the Limca Book of Records as a single largest fleet owner of commercial vehicles in India in the private sector.
Vijay Sankeshwar started Vijaya Karnataka, a Kannada language daily newspaper in Kannada published by VPL. VPL i.e.; Vijay Printers Limited a subsidiary of VRL also published an English daily called Vijay Times.  These newspapers were later sold to the Times of India group. Vijay Sankeshwar was also a former Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from north Dharwad constituency. 
VRL General Cargo
Starting with local transportation between Hubli and Gadag, VRL soon expanded its services to Bangalore, Hubli, Belgaum and Gadag. VRL has grown into a logistics and transport company which is currently the largest fleet owner in India with a fleet of over 2500 trucks, light commercial vehicles and over 250 buses.
It has now expanded its operations into Courier Services and Express Cargo. Today VRL handles over 6000 MT of parcels every day adding up to 216,000,000 MT of cargo per annum.
With the largest network in India, the VRL parcel services is indispensable for large number of corporates. This network spans 12 states in India and is supported by around 1000 branches, 40 hubs cum transport yards and about 5000 customers. With its own trans-shipment yard commencing operation at Gurgaon-Delhi in the near future, VRL is now expanding its services to cover location in other North Indian State.
VRL Express Cargo
Road transportation, express cargo, warehousing, re-distribution and courier services. Services now connect customers in the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Pondicherry, Western Maharashtra and Gujarat. This network will soon stretch to the other parts of North and East India.
Delivering documents and small parcels.
Centralised Operations at Hubli
At the core of the groups transport business is its 40 acre transport cum warehouse complex in Varur, Hubli. This unique facility has all the essential back up services under one roof. The total built up area of complex is 25,00,000 sq. ft. with an additional 1,00,000 sq. ft. of land utilized for sheds and vehicle parking. This complex contains the Head Office Building, Transhipment Godown, Workshop, Canteen, Drivers Rest Room, own Petrol Bunk allotted by Indian Oil Corporation, Effluent Treatment Plant with capacity of 1,75,000 ltrs., and a Rainwater harvesting plant. The complex has a garage cum service complex. Every truck in the fleet passes through this master service facility at least once every 2 weeks.
Vijayanand Travels, the tour operation division of VRL, is the market leader among tourist bus operators in Karnataka and Maharashtra. It operates a fleet of approximately 550 buses on more than 350 routes across the six states and is supported by a network of 80+ branches and 1000+ agents.
It has pioneered the introduction of Hi-Tech Air conditioned buses including the Volvo B7R and B9R on routes leading to remote parts of Karnataka and also connecting Karnataka with five other states, separate seating arrangements for women on board, a choice of buses from ordinary buses to super luxury A/C buses, cloak room facilities in branches, check point to monitor vehicle movement, two drivers on the buses to prevent driver fatigue and enhance passenger safety and an E-Ticketing facility.
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