Bengaluru, February 5, 2024: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah flagged off a fleet of 100 new “Ashwamedha” buses operated by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), marking a significant addition to the Bengaluru to Mysuru route. The inauguration ceremony took place in front of the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, with Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy and other officials in attendance.
The “Ashwamedha” buses, designed for point-to-point express service, aim to enhance connectivity between Bengaluru and Mysuru. These buses, standing tall at 3.42 meters, feature a unique “bucket type” design with a total of 52 seats. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation plans to deploy some of these buses on the Hunsur to Bengaluru and K.R. Nagar to Bengaluru routes.
The Chief Minister, via his official Twitter handle, announced the inauguration, stating, “The Chief Minister @siddaramaiah inaugurated 100 New Design Karnataka Transport Buses (Ashwamedha – Point to Point Express) at a function organized by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation in front of the Vidhana Soudha today.”
According to reports, there are plans to introduce 30 additional electric buses from Mysuru to Bengaluru, supplementing the existing 14 buses on the route. Mysuru KSRTC Divisional Controller Srinivas revealed that routes for the new electric buses, including services from Mysuru to Hunsur and Mysuru to H. D. Kote, will soon be mapped out.
The “Ashwamedha” buses are not only designed for comfort but also come equipped with modern features. The buses boast spacious interiors, tinted glasses, LED lights, LED route displays, self-closing doors, and an emergency door-opening button. Despite these enhancements, the ride fare for the new express service will remain unchanged, ensuring affordability and convenience for regular commuters between Bengaluru and Mysuru.
With a focus on “Reconceptualising Travel,” the introduction of the “Ashwamedha” buses is expected to contribute to improved transportation and connectivity options for residents in both cities.