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‘KSRTC seeking to procure eco-friendly fuels'

Staff Correspondent
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Minister for Home and Transport R. Ashok on Wednesday said the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has sought subsidy from the Government for procuring alternative and eco-friendly fuels for its buses, to bring down carbon emissions and consumption of fossil fuel.

Nearly 1,500 KSRTC buses were run on an ethanol-diesel blended fuel, and honge oil, another eco-friendly alternative fuel, was also blended with diesel to run some buses near Bangalore, he said.

With frequent hike in the prices of petro products, such as diesel and petrol, the best option available to people was to shift to public transport, the Minister said.

Speaking after inaugurating a workshop organised by the KSRTC and the Union Ministry of Urban Development, Mr. Ashok said the adoption of new technologies was the only way for sustained growth.

The Minister said 21,000 KSRTC buses were catering to the needs of public transport in the State, but said he felt there was still scope to improving services and facilities for commuters. Announcing that Mysore would be developed into a “model” for urban transport, he said spacious bus-stands had been constructed across the city keeping in view the demand for public transport in future. Intelligent Transport System (ITS), a demonstrative project in Mysore, is the first of its kind in the country for the efficient management of traffic. It involves a broad range of technologies including vehicle information, global positioning system (GPS), digital mapping, video cameras and sensors.

It is implemented under the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP) with financial assistance from the World Bank's Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Ministry for Urban Development — JNNURM, the Government of Karnataka and the KSRTC.

In his address, Minister in-charge of Mysore district S.A. Ramdas said Mysore had been identified for the Rs. 650-crore Bus Rapid Transit System , which would further improve public transport.

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