Bengaluru-Mysuru happy travelling by e-bus
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Bengaluru-Mysuru happy travelling by e-bus

February 21, 2023

Mysore/Mysuru: It’s been over a month since Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) launched the first inter-city electric bus service in the State on a trial basis, on Bengaluru-Mysuru-Bengaluru route and the ridership is overwhelming.

Ever since the service was launched on Jan. 16, 2023, the occupancy in 43-seater capacity bus has been full on both the sides, till date. 

According to an estimate, so far 3,000 passengers have travelled in this bus, filling the coffers of the State-owned Transport Corporation, as the fare of Rs. 300 is charged from KSRTC Satellite Bus Station, Bengaluru to KSRTC Suburban Bus Stand, Mysuru and vice-versa.

The green loving passengers are giving a thumbs up for this environmental friendly initiative, as the name ‘electric vehicle’ suggests — it is noise proof, with neither sound pollution nor environment pollution. The ride on this bus is also a feel good experience as it has AC, best of cushion seats and other facilities that all make for a comfortable journey.

For record, the bus departs Kempegowda Bus Stand also known as Majestic Bus Stand, Bengaluru, daily at 6.45 am and reaches Mysuru Road Satellite Bus Stand at 7.15 am. Later, the bus departs towards Mysuru at 7.45 am and arrives at KSRTC Suburban Bus Stand on Mother Teresa Road in Mysuru at 9.30 am, with the total timing of the journey being one hour and 45 minutes.

After dropping the passengers at KSRTC Suburban Bus Stand in the city, the bus will proceed towards KSRTC Depot in Bannimantap on Nelson Mandela Road, where the battery will be charged at the dedicated charging station.  For one hour, 150 units of battery can be charged, totalling 500 units for three hours, and the bus can run up to 250 km, it is said. The return journey from Mysuru towards Bengaluru will start at 12.30 pm, from Suburban Bus Stand.

KSRTC Divisional Controller, Mysuru Division, R. Ashok said “The response for e-bus service on Bengaluru-Mysuru- Bengaluru route is encouraging, as the passengers can be seen waiting for the bus in Mysuru.”

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However to a query on soon-to-be launched Ambari Utsav sleeper coach buses in the premier segment of KSRTC, an official claiming anonymity feigned ignorance about the segment connecting Mysuru, but at the same time, didn’t rule out the possibilities (of operating ‘Ambari Utsav’ buses on Mysuru route).

‘Cesc nod for charging station soon’

If all goes according to the plan, the battery charging point at KSRTC Sub-urban Bus Stand in Mysuru will soon get a clearance from Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (Cesc), Mysuru.

“Cesc clearance for the charging station is expected within a week”, said an officer preferring anonymity.

Though the charging point near Bengaluru bus section at KSRTC Suburban Bus Stand is ready, it remained non-functional awaiting clearance from Cesc authorities.

10 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Bengaluru-Mysuru happy travelling by e-bus”

  1. Sanjay Kini says:

    This Electric Bus is the first step towards reducing our CO2 footprint.Tourists who lead a sustainable lifestyle will prefer this green mode of transport.Mysuru and Tumakuru are chosen by KSRTC for trail run of Double Decker AC electric city buses which has been introduced in Mumbai.Lookng forward to seeing a fleet of electric city buses to Chamundi hill replacing the polluting diesel buses , towards a Cleaner ,Greener Mysuru .Thus attracting tourists who are fans of sustainable tourism.

  2. Shomri Shomar says:

    What a farce! India has dozens of thermal power stations powered by coal, which means massive pollution pushing carbon monoxide in to the atmosphere! This meaningless gesture against the above pollution, is sheer charade, but the poster like the above seems to admire it. Says more about Indians!

  3. Sam says:

    If you really want to improve tourism in Mysore, what better approach than legalise cannabis, which currently is smoked in clubs in Mysore in a clandestine way. The IT crowd who have money to spare are members of these clubs in Mysore, and they get away with it.
    My name is Sam, i live in the Bay area of San Francisco, the most liberated area of the USA.
    Currently, the Cannabis is used by the IT crowd who work in the IT companies of Bangalore, as they have cash to spare. That is where I picked up this smoking and never felt better.
    I do not believe in this crap about E-buses. Nothing like gas-driven fast cars, which we enjoy here in the Bay area. The term; ” green” produces derisive laughter in the USA!

  4. Tom says:

    Who cares what ppl think in USA😂

  5. R Balasubramanian says:

    It’s a wise decision. Ofcourse innovative ideas always in the brain of KSRTC. The cost seems to be on a very higher side. In Maharashtra they charge around Rupee one per KM. KSRTC AND BMTC bus fares are the costliest in the country. Inspite, the schedules are not managed to facilitate the passengers requirements. Most of the routes are unplanned and the schedules are not based on the demand. When there is peak demand the buses are on despatched on contract duty to factories, schools, and SW companies. During lean period you can see empty buses plying competing each other. I have experienced this since fifty years and it will continue further and people have to accept it as it’s the only mode of public transport though Metro operates, it’s inconvenient and costly. BalanR

  6. Sam says:

    Hello @Tom
    Is that your name? You are one of Tom, Dick and Harry!! Ha, Ha..
    May be your name is Basavaraj.
    Who cares, you will when the MCC official demands USDs as a bribe when you approach him. Who cares for the INR which is a waste paper!
    Best, you restart your education, as you are not that articulate!

  7. Sam says:

    Hello @Tom
    Is that your name? You are one of Tom, Dick and Harry!! Ha, Ha..
    May be your name is Basavaraj.
    Who cares, you will when the MCC official demands USDs as a bribe when you approach him. Who cares for the INR which is a waste paper!
    Best, you restart your education, as you are not that articulate!

  8. Sanjay Kini says:

    FreshBus an electric bus startup with 24 buses planning to start operations between Hyderabad and Bengaluru might extend it to Mysuru in the near future.

  9. Kurubara Siddu, Veerashivara Bommai, Gowdara Deve Gowda! says:

    What is the purpose of this E-Bus, when as a poste put it, India has dozens of coal-fired thermal power stations, belching Carbon Monoxide in to the atmosphere. India buys almost more than half of coal what Australia mines!

  10. Kurubara Siddu, Veerashivara Bommai, Gowdara Deve Gowda! says:

    What is the purpose of this E-Bus, when as a poste put it, India has dozens of coal-fired thermal power stations, belching Carbon Monoxide in to the atmosphere. India buys almost more than half of coal what Australia mines!

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