Buses will be operated from the KSRTC’s Bejai terminal in Mangaluru. Passengers travelling between Mangaluru in Dakshina Kannada and Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada can expect a cosy and comfortable journey from Sunday as the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has decided to operate air-conditioned Volvo services on the route. The corporation will deploy six Volvo buses for now, with nine trips on each direction, totalling 18 trips. The first trip from Mangaluru starts at 6.30 p.m. and the last trip at 3.45 p.m., while from Bhatkal the first trip begins at 6 a.m. and the last trip at 3 p.m.
The bus will take three hours to reach the destination and will stop at Surathkal, Mulki, Padubidri, Kapu, Udupi, Manipal, Kundapura, Hemmadi, Trasi, Uppunda, Byndoor and Shirur. Vivekanand Hegde, Mangaluru Divisional Controller, KSRTC, told that the corporation has got permits for nine buses in all, but has deployed six as of now. “Soon we are getting three more buses, which would be deployed on the route to bridge the time gap,” he said. KSRTC has introduced promotional fares on the sector as the services are new.