Govt. owned Karnataka transport corp. on a revamp mode


BANGALORE: In a bid to improve the image of State owned transport corporations, the Bangalore-headquartered Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KRSTC) and the Hubli-headquartered North Western Karnataka State Transport Corporation (NWKSRTC) have launched 52 brand new buses loaded with various features.

On the anvil are plans to augment the fleet by about 1000 buses by June 2005, a networked advance reservation system linking all major towns in the state - first of it's kind for any state transport organization in the country and introduction of electronic ticketing machines in all buses by June 2005.

The KSRTC has already introduced high-tech buses in which plug points have been provided for use of laptop and notebook computers and for charging of mobile phones on certain inter-city routes a few months ago.

Then new features such as advance reservations will help a traveler book a ticket from one place to any major town in the state - a feature similar to rail travel, while electronic ticketing machines will enable faster issuance of tickets, help the corporation streamline accounts and reduce pilferage of fare.

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