Bus services in Mysore city have been brought under Mitra

The Intelligent Transport System (ITS) that will monitor and track buses, said to be the first of its kind in the country, will be launched by Deputy Chief Minister R. Ashok here on Saturday. The inaugural ceremony will be held at the Senate Bhavan at Manasagangotri at 11 a.m.

Bus services in the entire city has been brought under ITS or Mitra (Mysore Intelligent Transport). This will give the arrival time of buses on intra-city routes, further reducing the waiting time of commuters at bus-stops. The ITS makes public transport efficient and sustainable, said KSRTC authorities.

Mitra has been adopted at a cost of Rs. 23 crore.

The ITS has been implemented under the Global Environment Facility-Sustainable Urban Transport Project , which is supported by the Government of India, the State government, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme .

CMM, an IT solutions company and a subsidiary of Tata Consultancy Services, developed the project. IBI Group, a consulting and design firm, was the project management consultant for Mitra.

Under this project, 167 passenger information system (PIS), which are LED display systems, have been installed to give information on the arrival time of buses at bus-stops.

Of the 167 PIS display boards, including two-line, four-line, eight-line, 10-line and 16-line boards, 30 had been installed at the city bus-stand and the remaining at 137 select bus-stops across the city.

While 20 ten-line LED PIS boards and one 16-line board had been installed at the city bus-stand, eight 10-line boards and five 16-line boards had been installed at the Inter-Modal Transit Centres (IMTCs) which were constructed under the JNNURM at Yelwal, Sathagalli, Kuvempunagar and R.S. Naidu Nagar, and the bus-stops at Mysore zoo and Karanji Lake Nature Park.

In the first stage, 137 bus-stops had been covered under ITS. Perhaps, in later stages, more bus-stops will come under it.

The type of bus, route number, bus registration number, via route and arrival time will be displayed.

The KSRTC Divisional Controller (Urban) M.N. Srinivas told The Hindu that the entire fleet of buses on intra-city service in Mysore had been fitted with global positioning system devices and buses could be tracked from the central control station at the city bus-stand.

A representative of the IBI group said each bus was equipped with inbuilt display system and vehicle monitoring unit , which sent data on the position of the bus to the control station for passing information to commuters.

The control station would know the deviation routes and other problems en route.

The system could also track over-speeding.

SMS alert

Commuters could send an SMS to the designated numbers (each bus-stop would have a code) and get response regarding the time of arrival. “Before leaving home, commuters can check the arrival time and bus route at particular bus-stops by sending an SMS to the numbers which will be announced at the inaugural ceremony,” a representative of IBI group said.

IVRS

The ITS is equipped with interactive voice recording system where passengers can access information by dialling the helpline, which will be announced on Saturday.

Details can also be accessed from the commuter portal of ITS, http://mitra.ksrtc.in, which will be launched on the same day. Route numbers can be accessed by entering origin and destination details, and bus can be tracked with the help of GIS applications. Fare from the desired source to the destination can be calculated and bus timetable too can be accessed from the portal.


  • Commuters can SMS a particular number

    to track a bus

  • 167 display systems will be installed across

    the city


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