Tata Motors Ltd on Thursday delivered 241 buses to the Karnataka State Transport Corporation (KSRTC) under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.
To be deployed on inter-state and intra-state services, the buses are equipped with new-generation Tata Cummins engines, air suspension and multiplex wiring, said a statement issued by Tata Motors.
The company did not disclose the value of the deal.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah took part in a ceremony representing “handing over” of the vehicles to KSRTC for deploying them on new and existing routes, replacing old buses that have run their course.
“With higher acceleration, the elegant-looking buses reduce travel time for daily office commuters. Their body is designed for more leg room and passenger comfort,” the statement said.
The intelligent transport system in the buses has public information system, automatic vehicle location system, security network system, vehicle health monitoring and diagnostics.
“The (General Packet Radio Service) GPRS-enabled connectivity permits the buses to be connected with control room for real-time monitoring. They are also enabled for smart-ticketing options,” the statement said.
The driver’s seat has been designed ergonomically with four-way adjustable mechanism to maintain the health of drivers.
“We have special programmes to train the corporation’s drivers and supporting staff to operate our buses efficiently and safely,” the statement said.
KSRTC operates a whopping 13,000 Tata buses across the state.