KSRTC bus takes diversion after tree fall blocks NH 173 near Mudigere

Tree falling during monsoon is a common phenomenon in the malnad region. While we were on our way to Mangalore from Chikmagaluru, a huge tree had fallen, blocking the KM Road near Haandi.

Scouting for some alternative route to Mudigere our bus took this diversion on the suggestion of some of the passengers. This turned out to be a very narrow & winding road but also very scenic because it wound through some of the most green areas/coffee estates of the region. Join me in enjoying this journey.

© Susheela Rao.

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)is a state-owned road transportation company in the state of Karnataka in India. Corporation has the largest fleet of Volvo buses among state owned transport companies in India. It is wholly owned by the Government of Karnataka.

The state of Mysore, Mysore Government Road Transport Department (MGRTD) was inaugurated on 12 September 1948 with 120 buses. The transport department of The Mysore state is administrated until 1961. After the Government of Mysore was subsequently converted into an independent Corporation under Section 3 of the Road Transport Corporation Act, 1950 on 1st of August 1961, In 1961 after successfully converted into an independent corporation all assets and liabilities of MGRTD has transferred to MSRTC.

In 1st of October 1961 Bangalore Transport Service [BTS] also merged with the MSRTC. In 1 November 1973 the Mysore state was renamed into Karnataka state, also 1 November 1973 MSRTC is rename into KSRTC. In August 1997, KSRTC was divided to form Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC).

In November 1997, another new road transport corporation called North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) was formed to cater to the transportation needs of North Western parts of Karnataka. Later, the North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) was also formed with its corporate office in Gulbarga.