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Transportation in Karnataka

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Karnataka has a well-developed transport system.
There are four major modes of transport :

1 Air transport
2 Rail transport
3 Water transport
4 Road transport

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Karnatakas capital city, Bangalore is well-
connected by air to domestic and international
destinations and the Bangalore International Airport
(BIAL) in the city is one of the busiest airports in
India.

It is also the headquarters of the airlines,
Air Deccan and Kingfisher Airlines.
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Bengaluru international airport
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Mangalore and Bangalore are the only two cities
in the state that have International flights
operating from their airports.

The international flights from Mangalore
International Airport are only to countries located
in the Middle East,

While Bangalore has good international
connectivity with flights from different nations
landing here.
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The airport at Bangalore is termed as Bengaluru
International Airport and Lufthansa, British
Airways, Air France, Singapore Airlines and
Malaysian Airlines are some of the important
airlines that operate out of this airport
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Kingfisher airlines plane Air Deccan plane
Both these airlines have merged their shares and are working together .
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Rail transport
The total length of rail track in Karnataka is
3089 km.
The South Western Zone is headquartered at
Hubli .
Coastal Karnataka is covered under the Konkan railway
network
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The superfast Shatabdi Express trains run from
Bangalore to Chennai and Mysore.

A Jan Shatabdi express runs from Bangalore to
Hubli and this is the first train in India that has been
fitted with a GPS (Global Position System) based
Location Announcement System.
Konkan Railway is an engineering marvel; the
construction of which included the bridge across
the river Sharavathi at Honnavar of length 2023
mts and a tunnel at Karwar of length 2960 mts.
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Mysore railway station
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The Karnataka Government has recently introduced
The Golden Chariot - a train which connects popular
tourist destinations in the state and Goa
Tour: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Places Covered: Bangalore Srirangapatnam - Mysore -
Kabini - Shravanabelagola - Belur - Halebid - Hampi -
Badami - Aihole - Pattadakal - Goa.
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Inside Golden Chariot
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Golden jet escapes is a initiative by
The Golden Chariot one of Indias swankiest luxury trains and
Jet Airways one of Indias classiest airlines .

It includes a packaged trip by both train and by flight .

Example :
( International)
New York - Bangalore - The Golden Chariot - Bangalore - New York
for 4,982.00 US Dollars

(Domestic )
Mumbai - Bangalore - The Golden Chariot - Bangalore Mumbai
for 1,96,550 Indian rupees
Golden jet escapes
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Water transport
Karnataka has 1 major port; the New Mangalore
Port

It also has 10 minor ports
Karwar, Belekeri, Tadri, Honnavar, Bhatkal,
Kundapur, Hangarkatta, Malpe, Padubidri and Old
Mangalore
The sector of Inland water transport within the rivers of Karnataka
is not well-developed.
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Road transport
Among the network of roads in Karnataka,
3973 km. of roads are National Highways.


Karnataka also has State highways of length
9829 km.
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The public bus transport in Karnataka is managed
by the Karnataka State Road Transport
Corporation (KSRTC)
It operates 6360 schedules using 7100 vehicles
covering 1.95 million kilometres and an average
of 2.2 million passengers daily.

About 25000 people are employed in KSRTC
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For better management of public transport, KSRTC
was bifurcated into three Corporations viz.,

(BMTC) Bangalore Metropolitan Transport
Corporation Bangalore on 15th Aug 1997,

(NWKRTC) North-west Karnataka Road
Transport Corporation, Hubli on 1st Nov 1997

(NEKRTC ) North-East Karnataka Road Transport
Corporation, Gulbarga on 1st Oct 2000
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Infrastructure of KSRTC includes a
Corporate Office, 13 Divisional Offices,65 Depots,
two Bus Bodybuilding Workshops ,one Printing Press,
119 Bus Stands and 3 Training Institutes.

Traffic revenue in 2008-09 - Rs. 1429.53 Crores

Gross Revenue in 2008-09 - Rs. 1635.85 Crores

Profit in 2008-09 - Rs.57.71 Crores

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KSRTC plies various categories of buses viz:
Airavat
Rajahamsa
Ambaari
Karnataka Saarige
Sheetal Bus/ Mayura
KSRTC
Grameena Sarige
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Fully Air-conditioned buses,
Air suspension for better travel comfort,
Video and Audio facility
Reduced noise level inside the coach,
Executive Seating,
Luxurious and comfortable reclining seats.
Airavat
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Airavat
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Rajahamsa

Chassis fitted with all Weveller suspension
Fitted with Improvised Hi-Tech Reclining passenger seats
of 43 seating capacity with 2x2 configuration.
Provided sound proof Driver partition.
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Rajahamsa
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The bus is fitted with 160 Horse power .
Cummins engine at the rear end so as to reduce noise
pollution inside the bus saloon
Fully independent front Air suspension
Air conditioner:
This bus is provided with good
branded carrier make air-conditioner
Ambaari
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Ambaari
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Chassis fitted with all Weveller suspension.

Fitted with Improvised passenger seats of
65 seating capacity with 3x2 configurations.

Karnataka Saarige
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Karnataka Saarige
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This bus is provided with good branded carrier
make air-conditioner with excellent cooling
effect to make the journey comfortable & cool.
Sheetal Bus/ Mayura
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Grameena Sarige is another initiative by
KSRTC to provide bus service to the
rural populace of the state.
Grameena Sarige
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BMTC
BMTC leads by example in being the only Bus
Corporation within the city of Bangalore to ferry
more than 4 million commuters.
The organization comprises a fleet of over 5593
buses covering an area encompassed with a
radius of 36 kilometers from the city centre.
The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport
Corporation came into existence in 1997
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In a day BMTC operates on 578 city and
1756 sub urban routes, running 12 lack
kilometers and making 750000 trips
Annual Gross Revenue = 100063.00 lakhs
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Vayu Vajra Airport Service
Vajra
BIG10
Suvarna
Pushpak
Normal black /red board buses
BMTC Bus services
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Volvo based Bangalore International Airport
Limited (BIAL) Services, also known as Vayu
Vajra, offer high-end air-conditioned comfort to
passengers in an effort to wean them away from
personalized modes of travel.

The service is available round the clock, providing
seamless connectivity between important areas of
the city and BIAL
Vayu Vajra
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Vayu Vajra
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The service is operated by deploying Volvo
based buses that are Air-conditioned, Euro-III
conforming with kneeling mechanism, collapsible
exit floor and room for wheel-chair.
VAJRA
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services deploy (Suvarna class of) buses branded in green
and bottle green on 12 major corridors coming in from
surrounding sub-urbs in the city - Hosur road, Bannerghatta
road, Sarjpura road, Kanakapura road, Mysore road etc.

These buses are run on a direction based concept where
the commuter takes the next (high frequency, every 15
minutes) bus in his/her direction of travel, and if need be,
makes a change over to another bus to reach the
destination.

The service terminates on different points on the radius of
the city core, to avoid congesting the city centre.
BIG10
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Suvarna services are newly introduced services with a
fleet comprising air-suspension and high comfort
(without A/C) buses.

They are 295 services in operation as on 31st July 2009,
which are specially deployed during peak hours.
Suvarna
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Suvarna
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Pushpak services are operated by deploying
branded buses having added comfort features
such as better upholstered seats with head rest,
more leg space etc.

Their fares are structured higher than the ordinary
fares.

These services are especially popular for
Chartered Service, Casual Contract etc
Pushpak
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Pushpak
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NORMAL BLACK /RED BOARD BUSES
These are ordinary buses ,well maintained and
provides dedicated service
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For transportation within the city or town
limits; motorbikes, cars, autorickshaws and
buses are used.

With the advent of low-cost airlines, many
people are choosing to travel via air as well.
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