After getting clearance from the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Volvo bus service from the city to Mangaluru International Airport can start in October
Mangaluru: Speaking to the Mangalorean team Rajesh Shetty, KSRTC Divisional Controller in Mangaluru Division said: “Technical issues with National Road Transport Authority route permits are delaying the launch of Volvo bus services low-floor air-conditioned to Mangaluru International Airport from various destinations. in Dakshina Kannada. Permits required to begin bus services were on hold due to permit regulations. Existing rules allow licensing of new bus services from the city. However, the RTC has found a solution to this.
Shetty further said, “A few years ago KSRTC operated a bus service to MIA from Mangaluru Central Station and it was later discontinued. The same permit will be renewed and used for the next course. While a previous plan to start the bus service from Kinnigoli to MIA is abandoned, KSRTC plans to operate a new service on the Manipal-Udupi-Kuloor-MIA route. Permit for Manipal-Mangaluru route is already available and some permit changes are needed to divert buses from Kuloor to MIA. A new permit is required to start service from Ullal to MIA”.
“KSRTC Mangaluru Division has already received four air-conditioned low-floor Volvo buses from Mysuru. The Mangaluru KSRTC Division is likely to get clearance from the Regional Transport Bureau and the green signal from the Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada very soon to start city service at MIA. Discussions are underway with airport authorities to facilitate free parking for buses serving MIA. The airport authorities have also provided flight arrival and departure times to the KSRTC division,” Rajesh added.
We learn that the ticket price of the Mangaluru bus service would be between Rs 100 and 150 and a slightly higher price for the services providing the Manipal-MIA link. However, the final rates will not be set until the permits have been obtained.