The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) investment in innovative projects to cut energy bill has paid off.
Addressing a workshop ‘Green Economy – The way for sustainable public transport’, Mr Manjunath Prasad, managing director, KSTRC, said the corporation has gained substantially in experimenting and implementing projects such as exploring second and third generation bio-fuels and lubricants in transport operations, energy management and afforestation to reduce the carbon footprint.
KSRTC is now exploring bamboo bus flooring to reduce dependence on ply boards. “Bamboo flooring is superior to the conventional compressed ply boards in strength, durability, dimensional stability and fuel efficiency,” he said.
“We expect to get better mileage as bamboo mat boards are 15 per cent lighter than the regular ply boards,” he added.
The corporation has developed its own environment systems with regard to underground tank with dozing system for ethanol usage in Mysore city. Diesel particulate filters for vehicles in Mysore reduce emission and flame arrestors for ethanol dozed vehicles ensure safety.
Mr Prasad said the corporation has achieved fuel efficiency improvement through innovative system of fitment of carbon pod as well.
Under the alternative fuel programme, the corporation has implemented bio-diesel at its Doddaballapur depot and expansion is planned at five depots in the ratio of 10 per cent. As of now, 21 depots are commissioned for blending of ethanol diesel that is 7.7 per cent ethanol plus 0.5 per cent solubiliser plus 91.8 per cent diesel.
As for energy management, the corporation has been installing solar lighting at rural bus stations and depots. “So far we have installed 45 numbers of two KWp and 126 numbers of 300 Wp,” he said.
“The corporation has been doing regular energy audit at all our depots, divisional workshop and central office for conservation and optimisation of energy conservation,” he added.
Afforestation is another programme given importance and is regularly monitored. All units are given targets annually to carry out the activity and so far 3.5 lakh saplings have been planted.