North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) has recently purchased few old buses from Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) each for Rs.1 lakh and sent to Belagavi depots.
At presents around 4-5 buses are being run on the Kakati, Honaga, Vantamuri and Kenchanatti routes. These old buses have been given new look by painting interior & exterior portions. Buses however looks good in condition compared to existing buses. As per the sources, Belagavi City depot to get 20 more such old BMTC buses soon.
According to NWKRTC, These are temporary arrangements. Process is on to induct new buses. The State government has been approached seeking permission to expand the fleet size.
Like other transport corporations in the country, the NWKRTC too faced financial distress during the pandemic and steep rise in operational costs that include rising fuel prices, which forced it to postpone induction of new buses and instead explore other options.