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NWKRTC launches e-SMART to enhance passenger comfort

In a first-of-its-kind initiative for a public transport corporation, a range of information related to bus travel in parts of the State have gone real time with the North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) launching e-SMART, an advanced IT solution programme.

Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy on Monday launched e-SMART and said that this model may be emulated by other transport corporations.

Electronic Solutions for Management and Administration of Road Transport (e-SMART) will address the issue of providing information with regard to route, timetable, seat availability, etc., to the travelling public.

It also enables the corporation to get information on the entire working system, including getting instant reports on accidents and breakdowns, online monitoring of performance of depots and intelligent transport system.

On the other hand, performance and operations of all the 48 bus depots of the corporation could be monitored through online application on a daily basis even as the revenue collection, bus status, route cancellation, etc., could be gathered real time, said NWKRTC Managing Director Manoj Jain.

Monitoring system

Remote Monitoring System will help the corporation monitor services and report accidents and breakdowns with photos and videos through android applications, he said.

A smart card bus pass system, named Ez-Sarige, would be launched shortly by NWKRTC, he said.

The ailing corporation has mega plans to boost its operations and performance, including inducting 750 new buses to its fleet, with the help of the State government in this fiscal.

NWKRTC plans to improve facilities in 23 of its depots, that include construction of water treatment and recycling plants; installation of new 63 kVA generator sets; sinking borewells; construction of a scrap yard and waste storage facility; construction of rest rooms for women at 13 depots and for men at six depots, with the special development fund from the government.

City buses

NWKRTC has plans to introduce city bus services and upgrade infrastructure at Hubli, Dharwad, Bagalkot, Belgaum, Haveri, Ranebennur, Karwar, Sirsi, Chikkodi and Gadag.

The Bus Rapid Transit System too is in the final stages of implementation between Hubli and Dharwad, Mr. Jain said.

Principal Secretary (Transport) P. Ravi Kumar and KSRTC Managing Director N. Manjunatha Prasad were present.




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