Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation

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Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation
Parent Kerala State Road Transport Corporation
Founded2015 [1]
Headquarters Kochi [2]
Service area Kerala
Service typeLocal, limited-stop, express, and BRT bus service
Operator Government of Kerala

The Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation (KURTC) was a state-run bus company which started with more than 500 low-floor buses (A/C & NON A/C) in Kerala. KURTC used to run complete and individual services in Thiruvananthapuram & Ernakulam districts. The remaining 12 districts were divided into 5 clusters ; Cluster I comprises Kozhikode, Wayanad and Malappuram; Cluster II Kottayam, Thodupuzha, and Pathanamthitta; Cluster III Kannur and Kasaragod; Cluster IV Thrissur and Palakkad; and Cluster V Kollam and Alappuzha. [3] [4] COVID gravely affected the profitability and sustenance of this service, the buses got rusted due to non usage and only 97 were functional out of which 70 were then given to City Circular Bus service. As of today KURTC has shut down all operations and the institution is in the process of closing down. Even their official website has been closed down thus signaling the end of a golden era of cheap and convenient transport service for customers.



The Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation was inaugurated in April 2015 by Oommen Chandy, the then Chief Minister of Kerala, [1] with headquarters in Thevara in Kochi, to operate low-floor buses which are procured with the financial assistance from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). [3] It features a separate account and logo.

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  1. 1 2 Chandran 2018, p. 422-423.
  2. "Chandy Inaugurates KURTC Hub at Thevara". The New Indian Express. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  3. 1 2 "All JNNURM buses to be brought under KURTC". The Hindu. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  4. "KURTC Awaiting Promised Central Aid". The New Indian Express. 30 December 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2018.

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