The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has launched a bus service offering food and toilet facilities, that too without the need to get down at designated stops. There will be a total of 6 multi-axle Volvo buses in the Airavat services, which will toilet facilities, with 2 of them having in-house pantry services as well. The initiative was announced on 20 April, with a view to making bus travel more convenient for the elderly and those travelling with children.
The Airavat buses with toilet facilities are ‘Airavat Superia’ and those with both toilets and an in-house pantry are ‘Airavat Bliss’. The latter will also have live television sets fixed behind the seats, with Wi-Fi enabled. They can be tracked by Global Positioning System (GPS).
“The toilets will be cleaned by maintenance staff of KSRTC and the food provided will be outsourced to a private vendor. We will later outsource the entire pantry service to the vendor, depending on demand. Also, buses which ply for more than 10 hours, like the ones to Mumbai and Pune, will have a full-fledged in-house pantry service,” said officials from KSRTC. Currently the bus services will ply from Bangalore to Tirupathi and Bangalore to Chennai.
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