KSRTC starts free buses to Chennai

KSRTC starts free buses to Chennai

Submitted by Newseditor on Sat, 2015-12-05 17:06 Bengaluru: In order to help the people stranded in flood hit areas of Chennai, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has started its free service to Chennai.According to KSRTC, the corporation is providing three free bus services to Chennai from Bangalore for one week from 4 December 2015 to 12 December 2015.  “Two ordinary buses and one- Airavat Club Class Bus will commute between these cities, because we can carry more people in ordinary buses and there is ample for standing also”, an official said.Rajendra Kumar Kataria, Managing Director, KSRTC said that as per the regulations KSRTC is authorised to fix extra fare for any Inter- state additional bus operations, but this time it is exempted.Relief materials from any city in Karnataka can be transported to Chennai for free of cost in KSRTC buses, he disclosed.Already a Pune based NGO has transported free relief materials on KSRTC bus to Chennai.According to the reports, KSRTC operates 42 services during week days and 48 during weekends on regular days. But in the last 3 days an average of 55 buses commuted to Chennai. In the last 15 days though there is a steep decrease in the traffic because of rain, KSRTC continued its service despite incurring a loss of Rs.44.22 lakh.From 2 December to 4 December KSRTC has operated 136 buses (including extra buses) and carried 5200 passengers from Chennai to Bengaluru while on the request of Government of Maharashtra, around 120 students were shifted from Chennai IIT to Bangalore in 3 KSRTC in Airavat Club Class buses.IT companies including COGZINANT had requested KSRTC to provide buses to transport around 400 employees from Chennai to Bangalore.