A KSRTC mini bus operating on the Shivamogga-Udupi route via Agumbe Ghat, a traditional stronghold of private operators all these days. In its attempt to make inroads into routes dominated by private operators, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has started introducing mini and midi buses on several routes in southern Karnataka. Some of the new routes on which services have been introduced include Shivamogga-Udupi via Agumbe Ghat, Kundapur-Byndoor-Shiroor, Chikkamagaluru city services. KSRTC recently received about 160 mini buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for operations from district headquarters, according to its General Manager (Operations) K.S. Vishwanath. These buses are being used to serve the public more effectively, he told The Hindu. Citing the example of the Shivamogga-Udupi route, Vishwanath said that the route was completely dominated by private mini bus operators. At present, the corporation has introduced six buses and will introduce four more on the route, he said. The buses have two-plus-two seat configuration offering comfortable journey to passengers. The services will also benefit students as KSRTC is offering them concession with the support of the government. Responding to the new service, Skanda, a native of Agumbe, said that it was a welcome move.