Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah officiated the inauguration ceremony for 100 new “Ashwamedha” buses operated by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) on Monday. These buses are specifically designated to ply the Bengaluru to

Mysuru route, aiming to enhance transportation services between the two cities. The inauguration event was held in front of the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, with the presence of the state’s Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy and other dignitaries.

“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,” tweeted the CM’s official Twitter handle.

The introduction of the “Ashwamedha” point-to-point express bus service is expected to streamline and improve connectivity between Bengaluru and Mysuru. Additionally, some of these buses are slated to operate along the Hunsur to Bengaluru, and K.R. Nagar to Bengaluru routes, as per reports. Officials have also proposed the introduction of 30 additional electric buses from Mysuru to Bengaluru, supplementing the existing fleet of 14 buses on the route, according to Mysuru KSRTC Divisional Controller Srinivas, as reported by the Star of Mysore.

Plans are underway to map out routes for the new electric buses, including services from Mysuru to Hunsur and Mysuru to H. D. Kote, Srinivas added. The newly launched “Ashwamedha” buses stand 3.42 metres tall and feature a total of 52 seats in a “bucket type” design. These buses are stylised under the theme “Reconceptualising Travel” and will maintain the existing fare structure to ensure affordability for commuters while providing a comfortable travel experience. Furthermore, the “Ashwamedha” buses boast spacious interiors, tinted glasses, LED lights, LED route displays, self-closing doors, and an emergency door-opening button, according to the report.

In addition to this initiative, KSRTC has also recently launched Kalyana Ratha buses to serve the Kalyana Karnataka region from Bengaluru, further expanding its service offerings.

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