VRL Logistics Limited (formerly Vijayanand Roadlines Ltd.), commonly known as the VRL Group, is an Indian conglomerateheadquartered in Hubballi, Karnataka, India with operations in around 23 states and 4 union territories in the country.
Business operations of VRL Group include road transportation, logistics, publishing etc.
VRL Group is one of the large logistics and transport companies in India (incl.4360 vehicles, comprising 419 tourist buses and 3941 transport goods vehicles). Limca Book of Records, mentioned it as the single largest fleet owner of commercial vehicles in the country'sprivate sector.
VRL'sVijayavani is credited with having the largest newspaper circulation in Karnataka.
VRL Group was founded by Vijay Sankeshwar in 1976 at Gadag, Karnataka, India.
His familyhad a publication house, which later became a part of VRL Group.
Headquarters and offices
VRL is headquartered in Hubballi, Karnataka and has 931 branches, 40 hubs and transport yardsacross the country.
The headquarters has effluent treatment plant (capacity:175 thousandliters), rainwater harvesting plant, petrol bunk (allotted by Indian Oil Corporation), and a garage servicecomplex, where VRL’strucks passes through in the fleet, once in every two weeks.
Cargo and Courier
A subsidiary of VRL Group, VRL General Cargo started its business service as transportation between Hubballi and Gadag, and later has spread across Bengaluru and Belagavi.
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It has extended into courier services and express cargo, which are now operative in 23 states, handling over 216 million cargos/year, being one of the large networks in the country. Its courier services are operative for parcelsranging from small to large size.
VRL's public tour business is operated by its division Vijayanand Travels.
With having more than 80 branches, and operated by 1000+ agents, it is the largest in tour business services in Karnataka and Maharashtra.
It owns 550 buses (incl. 51 Volvo buses of 9400 XL and 9400PXmulti-axle models), covering six states, moving across 350 routes in the country.
VRL Logistics Ltd. in 2008, started working in Indian AirChartering Industry, operating under the Indian Air Operator permit (for passenger charter). In the first phase of its business, it owned a Beechcraft Premier I, an aircraft, manufactured by Hawker Beechcraft Inc,USA, while in 2013 it purchased another.
It offers Jet aircraftcharters to sectors like corporate, leisure and tourism, special missions, event management, advertisement agencies and for flights (VIPcategory).
VRL Group'sflagship entity, Vijayavani was started on 1 April 2011, which is now the largest circulatednewspaper in Karnataka.
VRL Group'ssubsidiary companyVRL Media Ltd., printsVijayavani and is published in 9 cities of the state.Vijayavani’slead editor of its editorial division is Chennegowder and Subhash hoogar.
Karnataka's second largest circulated newspaperVijaya Karnataka, was started by Vijay Sankeshwar (of VRL Group) in October 2000, and was sold to the Times group on June 16, 2006.
In April 2017, VRL Media Ltd. started Digvijaya News 24x7, a Kannada televisionnews channel.