In an effort to reduce pollution caused by diesel buses, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has launched 25 bio-diesel buses in the state. These eco-friendly buses will ply on four routes, including Tirupati and Chennai. Costing around ₹90 lakh each, bio-diesel buses eject 60-70% less emissions than diesel buses and would reportedly save the Corporation ₹80 lakh each year.
The move comes as part of the Corporation’s efforts to cut down on the pollution caused by diesel emissions from its buses.
The new 25 multi-axle eco-friendly buses will ply on four routes, including to Kundhapura, Bidar, Tirupati and Chennai.
The buses, costing Rs 91.10 lakh each, were officially launched following the successful trial run of a bio-diesel bus on the Bengaluru-Chennai route for the past four months.
Inaugurating the event at the KSRTC depot in Bengaluru, Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy spoke about the benefits of the bio-diesel buses, stressing that they are cheaper and more eco-friendly than diesel buses.
With 60-70% lesser emissions than diesel buses, the new buses would go a long way in the state’s initiatives to control rising pollution levels. By doing so, the corporation can also cut down on its expenditure, with a saving of nearly Rs 80 lakh per annum.