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Electronic display systems to be established at select bus shelters

Talks on with Swedish agency on developing software

Rs. 25 crore aid sought from the World Bank

MYSORE: Commuters in Mysore can plan their travel on the city buses as information on their arrival at the stops on the “most-patronised” bus routes will soon be displayed on the electronic display systems, thanks to the Global Positioning System (GPS).

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is developing Intelligent Transport System to make travel easier and convenient for the passengers. Under this, it has proposed passenger information system using GPS and Geographical Information System.

With these technologies, movement of buses will be tracked and information on their arrival at the stops will be fed to the information system, which is, in turn, displayed on the electronic display systems put up at the respective stops.

Sources in the KSRTC told The Hindu that a control room will be established at the City Bus Stand from where information on the movement of buses will be intimated at the stops for the benefit of commuters.

The entire fleet of buses deployed for city services in Mysore would be enabled with GPS. This would reduce waiting time at the bus stops since the arrival time of the buses to particular stops would be displayed and updated en route, the sources said.

After Bangalore, Mysore is the second city where the hi-tech passenger information system had been proposed, they said. KSRTC Divisional Controller (Urban) M.N. Sreenivas said that GPS-enabled bus services in Western countries were common and the corporation was making efforts to enable this technology on its fleet.

“In this connection, we have sought the help of Sweden to successfully and effectively enable the facility in our buses since it requires specialised software having data on the routes, bus numbers etc,” he said.

Mr. Sreenivas said the corporation was holding talks with a Swedish agency on developing the software for enabling buses with GPS for city services in Bangalore and Mysore.

“We have sought Rs. 25 crore from the World Bank for establishing passenger information system,” he said.

Land sought

The divisional controller said land had been sought from the Mysore City Corporation for establishing more bus shelters at select locations here.

“We want to build bus shelters on Build, Own, Operate and Transfer basis. The KSRTC had one round of discussions with the City Corporation on the matter. The KSRTC will discuss with the corporation on the issue of collecting revenue from the advertisements put up at the bus shelters,” he said.

Mr. Sreenivas said 27 guntas of forest land had been sought atop Chamundi Hills for expanding the existing bus-stand for the benefit of tourists and devotees. “The Chamundi Hills bus-stand will be modernised with suitable passenger amenities and information system,” he added. More than 282 buses ply on 185 routes daily in Mysore. They make as many as 4,215 trips a day.

The corporation recently introduced Volvo AC services in the city on select routes for passenger comforts.