Get set for an improved BMTC as ITS set to debut in city

Get set for an improved BMTC as ITS set to debut in city

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-05-24 21:54 Bengaluru: Public transport is set for a tectonic shift as the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) will be launched by chief minister Siddaramaiah at the Shanthinagar TTMC on Wednesday.After a lengthy delay, the ITS will debut in the city, with transport minister Ramalinga Reddy, BMTC MD Dr. Ekroop Caur and chairman Nabhiraj Jain saying that the ITS would revolutionise the transport and transit management in the city.Here is how it will work: The entire BMTC fleet has been fitted with a GPS system enabling officials at the control room to monitor each bus. With the help of the GPS, details such as bus’s current position, whether it has deviated from its original route, occupancy rate in a bus, and other details will be collected through the GPS system.Digital display screens will be set up at all TTMCs and major bus terminals, on which information on arrivals and departures will be displayed.Another feature of ITS will be the Electronic Ticket Machine (ETM), which will help officials monitor bus fare collection on a real time basis. According to officials, these ETMs would plug revenue loss in the form of non-issuing of tickets.A mobile app developed as part of ITS will allow the passengers to follow the bus on real time bus besides allowing them to get details relating to the routes, buses, expected arrival and departure time.Lastly, buses have been fitted with two-way communicable audio devices. This means, any bus crew member can contact the call centre or a call centre executive can contact any bus at any time. Game changer?The Rs79 crore project launched in the year 2013.Will be implemented on Build Operate Transfer (BOT) basis.Private company will maintain the system for next five years.Monthly expense is said to be Rs.1.10 crores.Accuracy of the expected arrival time is /- two minutes.Ambitious smart travel card by the end of the July.