The Mysore division of KSRTC is set to introduce five long chassis multi-axle Volvo buses by March

Passengers can look forward to travelling in increased comfort from Mysore to key cities in south India and Maharashtra as the Mysore division of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is set to introduce long chassis state-of-the-art multi-axle Volvo buses.

Such buses have already been introduced in Bangalore on inter-State routes such as Shirdi, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

Five buses first

Five multi-axle buses, each costing Rs. 1 crore, will be introduced at first. Divisional Controller G. Prakash said that the buses may hit the roads by March. He added that orders had been placed for 10 more buses. Mr. Prakash said that travelling in the multi-axle buses would be different from buses with conventional axles as passengers would not feel any jerks. Unlike the Volvo bus (Airavatha) which has a seating capacity of 44, the multi-axle Volvo buses can accommodate 55 persons since its chassis is long. “It has a powerful engine and the cooling effect from the air-conditioner is also superior. The comfort factor is high as the buses have large seats and more leg space. In addition, two digital screens will be installed to watch movies,” Mr. Prakash said. The Divisional Controller said that the Mysore division of KSRTC operated its services on inter-State routes such as Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Panaji and Thiruvananthapuram.

The buses that were being operated on these routes would be replaced with multi-axle buses on getting permits from the respective States.

In addition, the multi-axle buses would also be introduced on the Bangalore-Mysore route which was a “premium” route for the KSRTC as passenger traffic was high on this route, he said.

To a question, the official clarified that the fare on these buses would not be more.

At present, the Mysore division operates 65 Volvo Airavatha buses on the inter-State routes, long distance routes within the State and between Bangalore and Mysore.