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>SETC to run AC sleeper buses to Bengaluru to counter KSRTC

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Trichy: Facing severe competition from the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), the State Express Transport Corporation (SETC) has launched a couple of airconditioned seater-cum-sleeper buses between Trichy and Bengaluru.

To attract passengers who prefer KSRTC citing multiple travel options, SETC started the trial run of the airconditioned buses to Bengaluru on Thursday night. Timing of the two buses to Bengaluru will be fixed in a competitive manner ahead of their counterparts.According to SETC officials, the buses from Trichy were launched as the demand for such service has escalated during summer.
In addition to the two airconditioned seater-cum-sleeper services to Chennai, the SETC has added two more buses of the same kind to the state capital.

“It is indeed a welcome move. It would be great if SETC operates the new seater-cum-sleeper AC buses to Bengaluru in the evening or night hours,” Deepak Saravanan, a frequent traveller to Bengaluru said. SETC sources said that tickets for the new service to Bengaluru during the trial run on Thursday were sold out quickly.

“We are yet to fix a permanent slot for the two buses to Bengaluru. The departure timing will be strategically slotted ahead of KSRTC’s AC sleeper service to ensure better patronage,” an official source with SETC said. One of the two new buses for Chennai from the city will be scheduled to operate in the night, while the other is likely to be scheduled during day time.
It may be recalled that Times of India on May 15, 2019, carried a report titled ‘Bengaluru-bound SETC buses losing out to comfy KSRTC’, highlighting the demand among passengers on SETC to introduce airconditioned sleeper bus services between Trichy and Bengaluru.

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