D. Vedavyas Kamath, MLA, launching the KSRTC Ambari Dream Class service in Mangaluru.
Volvo intercity service between State Bank in Mangaluru and Kasaragod also begins
The Mangaluru Division of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation on Saturday launched Ambari Dream Class — air-conditioned Volvo sleeper — service between Mangaluru and Pune.
D. Vedavyasa Kamath, MLA for Mangaluru South, who launched the service, also flagged off KSRTC’s Volvo intercity service between State Bank in the city and Kasargod. The 15 m Ambari Dream Class service has 40 berths as against the 12 m long Ambari Corona sleeper service that has 32 berths.
The corporation, which began inducting Volvo sleeper coaches a few months ago, is already operating these services from Bengaluru to Pune, Hyderabad, Vijayawada and other long-distance routes. Mangaluru is next only to Bengaluru to have the Dream Class service.
The Pune service leaves KSRTC’s Bejai bus terminal at 4.05 p.m. to reach Pune at 6.45 a.m. the next day and has stops at Surathkal, Mulki, Padubidri, Udupi, Kundapura, Bhatkal, Honnavar, Kumta, Hubballi, Dharwad and Belagavi. In the return direction, the service leaves Pune at 6.30 p.m. to reach Mangaluru at 8.10 a.m. the next day. The present fare on the service is ₹1,328.
The intercity Kasargod service offers a comfortable journey to travellers between Mangaluru and Kasargod in addition to the existing ordinary express services. The first service from Mangaluru starts at 7 a.m., followed by 7.45 a.m., 10 a.m., 10.45 a.m., 2 p.m., 2.45 p.m. and the last one at 6 p.m. The first trip from Kasaragod will start at 5.55 a.m., followed by 8.30 a.m., 9.15 a.m., noon, 12.30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 4.30 p.m.
The corporation is offering competitive fares on this service. While the one-way fare is ₹75, a day pass for a two-way journey may be bought at ₹130. At present, the fare on KSRTC’s ordinary express service is ₹56. The corporation operates 266 round trips with 39 ordinary buses daily between KSRTC’s Bejai Terminal and Kasaragod while it has deployed two Volvo coaches for the air-conditioned service.
Divisional Controller K.M. Ashraf and other officials were present.