The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) deployed India's first bio-diesel buses into its fleet on Saturday.
25 luxury Scania multi-axle buses were flagged off from the KSRTC depot. Karnataka State Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy said that bio-diesel is cheaper than diesel and it is eco-friendly.
Managing Director, KSRTC, Rajender Kumar Kataria stated that emission levels on the bio-diesel buses are 60 to 70 percent lesser than conventional diesel buses. Whereas the mileage and engine efficiency remain the same.
Kataria said, "The bus manufacturer Scania was given the contract to provide 25 diesel buses. But we decided to procure retrofitted bio-diesel buses, instead of diesel ones, after the trial. The retrofitted buses can be run on diesel or a mix of bio-diesel and diesel, without any engine modifications."
Kataria added that the bio-diesel for the new Scania buses will be supplied by the company from Telangana. He said, "There are a few producers of bio-diesel at present. The production will, for sure, increase with the increase in demand."
KSRTC added 25 bio-diesel buses to its fleet. The buses will operate on the Bengaluru-Kundapur, Bengaluru-Bidar, Bengaluru-Tirupati and Bengaluru-Chennai routes. There will be no changes in terms of ticket price.
Kataria also stated that all high-end buses procured in the future will be equipped with bio-diesel kits. The KSRTC will continue to run existing ordinary buses on a blend of 20 percent bio-diesel and 80 percent diesel without any modification to the engine, to make them eco-friendly.
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