Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation Inducts India’s First Bio-Diesel Buses

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The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) deployed India's first bio-diesel buses into its fleet on Saturday.

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation Inducts India’s First Bio-Diesel Buses

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.

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation Inducts India’s First Bio-Diesel Buses

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.

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation Inducts India’s First Bio-Diesel Buses

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."

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation Inducts India’s First Bio-Diesel Buses

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."

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation Inducts India’s First Bio-Diesel Buses

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.

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation Inducts India’s First Bio-Diesel Buses

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.

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation Inducts India’s First Bio-Diesel Buses

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