The KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) is a state-owned road transportation company in the state of Karnataka in India.
As at the end of 31-03-1997, the Corporation operated its services in 19 Divisions - 18 Divisions operating mofussil services and 1 Division operating city services of Bangalore. It had 108 Depots, 2 Regional Work Shops and a Central Office at Bangalore. There were 281 permanent and 11 temporary bus stations with 337 wayside shelters and 1009 pick-up shelters. The total number of employees deployed was 59033 and the staff ratio per schedule was 6.22. The total number of routes operated was 13273 with 9493 schedules, route length of 9.49 lakh Kms. and average daily scheduled kms of 27.95 lakh kms. The total number of inter-state routes operated by the Corporation on a reciprocal basis with the neighbouring states were 602 ie., 282 Maharastra, 37 Goa, 223 Andra Pradesh, 33 Tamilnadu and 27 Kerala. The total number of vehicles held was 10476 with average vehicle utilisation of 299.6 Kms. The average number of passengers carried per day was 57.82 lakh. The rate of breakdown was 0.23 and rate of accident was 0.22. EPKM realized was 807.3 Ps. and CPKM was 975.4 Ps., resulting in net loss margin of 168.1 Ps./Km.
To increase operational efficiency, to provide quality transport service to the traveling public and to have an effective supervision on the operations of the Corporation, the Government of Karnataka has ordered for bifurcation of KSRTC into 4 separate Corporations vide its order No.HTD 127 TRA 96 dated 22-02-1997.
Thus, KSRTC was a monolithic State Road Transport Undertaking till 1996-97. During the year 1997-98, the State Government divided KSRTC and carved out two new Corporations, viz., the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation(BMTC), with its corporate office at Bangalore and the North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation, with its corporate office at Hubli. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation which came into being on 15-08-1997 caters exclusively to the city of Bangalore. And the North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation which came into being with effect from 01-11-1997 caters to the north western districts of Karnataka. NWKRTC became financially independent w.e.f. 01-04-1998 under RTC Act 1982. One more new Corporation called the North East Karnataka Road Transport Corporation was also established with effect from 15-08-2000 with its head quarters at Gulbarga to cater to the north eastern districts of Karnataka, which became financially independent w.e.f. 01-10-2000.