For the first time in the country, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) on Sunday launched 25 Scania buses that run 100 per cent on bio-diesel.
Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy launched the bio-diesel Scania multi-axle buses at KSRTC’s Depot No. 4 in city.
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The routes of the newly launched buses are Bengaluru-Kundapura, Bengaluru-Bidar,Bengaluru-Tirupati and Bengaluru-Chennai.
KSRTC is expected to save 86.68 lakh per annum by using bio-diesel for 25 buses.
The vehicles are retrofitted with Bio-Diesel Kit with which they can run on 100 percent Bio-Diesel for effective control over pollution.
It is tested and certified by TUV of Germany for best possible safety even in case of roll over and accidents.
The European bus manufacturer Scania has its integrated bus assembling facility in Narasapura industrial estate near Bangalore in the state of Karnataka in India.
The bus can be run on bio-diesel without any negative impact on mileage and engine efficiency.
The KSRTC has given the contract to Scania India to supply 25 diesel buses. But the corporation has decided to buy retrofitted bio-diesel buses instead of diesel vehicles after the trial.
The retrofitted buses can be operated on diesel or a mix of bio-diesel and diesel without making any modification in engine.
A Telangana-based company will supply bio-diesel for the buses to be operated by KSRTC.