Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation

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Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation
Public Sector Corporation under the Ministry of Transport of the State Government of Karnataka
IndustryPublic transport bus service
FoundedSeptember 12, 1948; 72 years ago (1948-09-12)[1] as MGRTD
Area served
Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Goa and Puducherry
Key people
Shri. M. Chandrappa (Chairman)[2]
Sri. I.S.N. Prasad [3]
ServicesPublic transport
Revenue16.3585 billion (US$230 million) (2008–09)[4]
Airavat Diamond Class

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, abbreviated and better known as, KSRTC is a state-owned public road transport company in the Indian state of Karnataka. Corporation has the largest fleet of Volvo buses among state owned transport companies in India. It is wholly owned by the Government of Karnataka.


The state of Mysore, Mysore Government Road Transport Department (MGRTD) was inaugurated on 12 September 1948 with 120 buses.[1] The transport department of The Mysore state is administrated until 1961. After the Government of Mysore was subsequently converted into an independent Corporation under Section 3 of the Road Transport Corporation Act, 1950 on 1 August 1961, In 1961 after successfully converted into an independent corporation all assets and liabilities of MGRTD has transferred to MSRTC.[1] In 1 October 1961 Bangalore Transport Service [BTS] also merged with the MSRTC.[1] In 1 November 1973 the Mysore state was renamed into Karnataka state, also 1 November 1973 MSRTC is rename into KSRTC. In August 1997, KSRTC was divided to form Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC). In November 1997, another new road transport corporation called North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) was formed to cater to the transportation needs of North Western parts of Karnataka. Later, the North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) was also formed with its corporate office in Gulbarga.[5][6]

Present Status[edit]

The corporation has its Corporate office at Shanthi Nagar, Bangalore. Presently, excluding its subsidiaries, it covers seventeen Districts (Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Ramanagar, Kolar, Chickballapur, Tumkur, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Shivamogga, Mangaluru, Udupi, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajnagar, Kodagu) in the State under its operational jurisdiction. It has totally 17 Divisions – 16 operating Divisions viz. Bengaluru Central, Ramanagar, Tumkur, Kolar, Chickballapur, Mysuru City, Mysuru Rural, Mandya, Chamarajnagar, Hassan, Chikkamagaluru, Mangaluru, Puttur, Davanagere ,Shivamogga,Chitradurga and one bus station division viz., KBS. 84 Depots, 166 Bus station, 4 Regional Workshops, 1 Central Training Institute, 2 Regional Training Institutes, 1 Printing Press and 1 Hospital. It has a workforce of about 37019 employees (excludes its subsidiaries). It operates 26.65 lakh km daily holding a fleet of '8744(excludes its subsidiaries) and it earns traffic revenue of Rs. 976.10 lakh daily catering to 30.12 lakh passengers on average (excludes its subsidiaries).[7] It stands fifth amongst STUs in the Nation by size (excludes its subsidiaries).


Corporation services covers 92% villages in Karnataka (includes it's subsidiary's).[8] KSRTC operates with a total fleet of 17,138 buses (KSRTC-8657,[7] NEKRTC-4343,[9] NWKRTC-4716,[10] BMTC–6422[11]). It transports, on an average, 74.57 lakh passengers per day. It also operates to the neighboring states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Goa and Kerala. KSRTC was the first state transport corporation to introduce Volvo B7RLE low floor city buses in India in 2005. At present, KSRTC operates Tata, Ashok Leyland, Eicher Motors, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Scania buses under the non A/C and A/C (Airavat) services (Airavat means the mythical white elephant in Kannada).[12]

Number of bus by corporation[edit]

  • KSRTC – 8657[7]
  • NEKRTC – 4343[9]
  • NWKRTC – 4716[10]
  • BMTC – 6422[11]

Total – 24,138

Types of Services[edit]

  • Ambaari Dream Class

Longest bus in Asia (15m long) with 40 spacious sleeper berths fabricated as per AIS 119 standards with more headroom and legroom. The 410 HP Volvo B11R bus customized by Prakash features panoramic windows, roof ventilator, emergency door at the middle of the bus as per CMVR regulations, fire detection and suppression systems, mobile charging points, bottle holders and headrests.[13]

  • Flybus

Fully air conditioned nonstop luxury, Volvo multi axle bus service between Bengaluru International Airport and Mysuru, Madikeri, Manipal, Kundapura with pantry, chemical toilets, live display of flight timings, GPS, wifi facilities and in-bus live entertainment.[14]

  • Airavat

Fully air conditioned luxury bus service operated using Volvo and Mercedes Benz buses with semi-recliner seats.

  • Airavat Bliss

Fully air conditioned luxury Volvo multi axle bus service with chemical toilets, wifi, pantry and individual TV screens.[15] This service was stopped in 2017.

  • Airavat Superia

Fully air conditioned luxury Volvo multi axle bus service with chemical toilets, wifi, and auto hand wash system.[16]

  • Airavat Diamond Class

Fully air conditioned luxury bus service operated using Scania multi-axle buses with hi-definition night vision cameras for recording inside the bus and fleet management system for performance monitoring in the bus.[17] Currently this service was renamed to Airavat Club Class .

  • Airavat Club Class
    Airavat Club Class

Fully air conditioned luxury bus service operated using Volvo and Mercedes Benz multi-axle buses with semi-recliner seats and with calf support.[18]

  • Rajahamsa

Non air conditioned deluxe bus service with recliner seats in 2+2 configuration built on Tata and Ashok Leyland chassis.

  • Suhasa

Fully air suspension non AC reclinable seat bus, other than Raajahamsa which normally ply over North Eastern Karnataka regions.

  • Ambaari
    Corona Ambaari.

Fully air conditioned sleeper and Non AC bus service.These busses were built CORONA chassis.

  • Ambaari Non A\C Sleeper

Non air conditioned sleeper bus service built on Tata chassis.

  • Corona

Fully air conditioned and air suspension bus with 2+2 reclinable seats. Can consider it to be an alternate option for Airavat.

  • Sheethal

Fully air conditioned and air suspension vehicle with 3+2 non-reclinable seats built on Ashok Leyland chassis. Mostly operates between Mysuru and Bengaluru, but now replaced with Volvo Airavat.

  • Vaibhav

Non air conditioned deluxe bus service with recliner seats in 2+2 configuration built on Tata and Ashok Leyland chassis. The seats recline less when compared to Rajahamsa.

  • Karnataka Sarige, Suvarna Sarige, Vayavya Karnataka Sarige and Eshanya Karnataka Sarige

Widely abundant mode of bus service with 3+2 non reclining seats in KSRTC, NWKRTC and NEKRTC

KSRTC livery: Dual horizontal bands consisting of Silver and Red colours.

Panchrangi Livery (NWKRTC): Consisting of 5 colours, with green being the dominant.

Tirangi Livery (NEKRTC) : Consisting of three colours, with a small green paint, although it may differ depending on the region served.

These are built on Ashok Leyland, Tata and Eicher chassis.

  • Gramantara Sarige

Buses which connects villages with ordinary fare (slightly costs lesser than suvarna sarige).

  • Nagara Sarige
    Nagara Sarige.

These are intra city/town buses plying in Tier-2 cities and towns across Karnataka built on Ashok Leyland, Tata and Eicher chassis.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d http://www.ksrtc.in/pages/history.html
  2. ^ "Management | Book Bus Ticket Online – KSRTC". ksrtc.in. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.ksrtc.in/pages/management.html
  4. ^ "KSTRC financial info". Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  5. ^ "KSRTC History". timesofindia.com. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Ksrtc history". www.ksrtc.in. Archived from the original on 17 March 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  7. ^ a b c https://ksrtc.in/pages/key-statistics.html
  8. ^ "KSRTC milestones". Archived from the original on 8 February 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  9. ^ a b http://www.nekrtc.com/aboutus.html
  10. ^ a b http://www.nwkrtc.in/eng/about_us.html
  11. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "GPS to track movement of 2,000 KSRTC buses". Bengaluru. The Hindu. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  13. ^ "KSRTC to roll out Volvo multi-axle sleeper buses". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Flybus to BIAL". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  15. ^ "KSRTC launches volvo with pantry". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  16. ^ "KSRTC launched four Airavat Superia buses with chemical toilets".
  17. ^ "Scania delivers first batch to KSRTC". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  18. ^ "KSRTC starts service to Nashik". Archived from the original on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.

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