In 2012, KSRTC took the lead in launching a fleet of around 7 long distance Volvo Multi axle buses with Chemical toilets. With a new brand Airavat Bliss and Airavat Superia, KSRTC wanted to take the travel experience to next level, by offering chemical toilet, pantry, WiFi connectivity and individual television sets.
Airavat Bliss and Airavat Superia had chemical toilets and the corporation had issues in maintaining them. Many passengers were not comfortable using toilets on board as unlike trains, where the waste gets disposed of on the tracks, buses with chemical toilets carry the waste in a holding unit under the bus. It has to be disposed of periodically.
In 2015 it was decided not to add more of these, because of high operational costs and less demand. Also those buses were converted to Flybus and started to operate from Bengaluru International Airport. Currently 5 Fly buses are plying between between Bengaluru airport and Mysuru and 2 are plying betwen Bengaluru airport and Kundapura.
Though the first attempt wasn’t successful, now KSRTC again wanted to go for buses with toilets in a large scale. Now taking cue from the Indian Railways, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will be installing bio-toilets in many of its long-distance buses in the coming months. KSRTC has a fleet of close to 8000 buses, with around 1000 premium buses in its fleet. KSRTC is in talks with manufacturers such as Scania, Volvo, and Mercedes to install bio-toilets in the buses they provide. They are yet to decide the routes in which this facility will be provided.