Alappuzha: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will soon operate hundreds of modern buses including sleepers to modernise its ageing inventory. For this, Rs 44.64 crores will be allocated and efforts are being made to launch the first phase of buses on November 1, the Kerala Day.
According to the plan, eight sleepers, 20 semi-sleepers, 72 air suspensions non-AC buses will be purchased before February. This initiative will solve the problem of KSRTC not operating sleeper buses in the state. Currently, Tamil Nadu has 140 sleeper buses and Karnataka has 82 sleeper buses in its inventory.
The Volvo buses will be manufactured by the company along with the body. These buses will have better facilities which include a mobile charging point, more luggage space and Wi-Fi. Currently, there are 12 Volvo, 17 Scania, 135 Super Deluxe and 53 Express long-distance service buses operated by the KSRTC from the state.