The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has operated the first batch of 10 Mercedes-Benz buses. These buses will put on a long distance (route) for a period of fortnight. This is the first time in India Mercedes-Benz buses are being operated by a state run undertaking. As an introductory offer the bus will charge on Rs.5 irrespective of the distance for the first there days.
These buses will be operated between Kempe Gowda Bus Station and Kadugodi, and between KBS and Electronics City between September 1st to 15th and it will be operated between KBS and International Airport, and Vijayanagar and ITPL from September 15th to September 30th. The corporation has decided to increase the fleet depending on the response from the people. Initially the Karnataka State Road Corporation had operated a trial of Mercedes- Benz buses between Mysore and Bangalore.
Mr.Ashok (Minister of transport, food and civil supplies) said that these buses would be operated between Chennai, Mumbai and Belgaum routes to start off with. He also added that the modern bus station with all the amenities would cost around 75 crores and is in the pipeline. Karnataka was also the first state to introduce Volvo buses in India and it is said that the charges for the Mercedes-Benz buses would be same the Volvo buses.