No one would have thought that the 19-year-old boy who started with a single truck would one day become a game changer for the transportation industry. Sharp vision and years of dedicated effort have made Dr. Vijay Sankeshwar the industry mogul at the age of 65.
Born and raised in a middle-class business family in northern Karnataka, Sankeshwar was the fourth child among seven brothers. His family was in the business of publishing and printing books. Once after completing secondary education, his father sent him to college for higher education. His father always encouraged him to join the family business. After graduation, at the age of 19, Sankeshwar entered the company and simultaneously began a survey to establish another business with an investment of Rs 2 to 3 lakh.
After extensive research, he decided to establish a transportation business. In 1976, he formed VRL Logistics with a single truck and gradually expanded services to Bangalore, Hubli, and Belgaum. With eight heavy vehicles, the business became a private limited company under the name of Vijayanand Roadlines in 1983. In 1990, the company emerged as a successful company with an annual turnover of Rs 4 crore.
After initial success, Vijay Sankeshwar decided to start messaging services in Karnataka. A few years later, the company started passenger bus operations with four coaches, and today VRL operates around 400 buses on 75 routes, in eight states in India.
Today, VRL has pioneered providing a safe and reliable delivery network in the field of parcel services. It has expanded its courier service operations to cargo and even air freight. Recently, together with his son Anand Sankeshwar, he decided to invest around Rs 1.3 billion in the airline over the next three years. Vijay Sankeshwar also owns the Limca Record Book for having the largest fleet of vehicles. His entrepreneurial journey is truly inspiring.