KARNATAKA

BMTC goes hitech; GPS for all buses soon

BANGALORE, FEB. 26. The passengers will soon be able to locate the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) bus that they are waiting for at bus stops.

The corporation has awarded the contracts for putting up an online global positioning system (GPS) for its buses.

R.V. Devaraj, Chairman of the corporation, told presspersons here that all the 3,500 city buses would be covered under the system in phases.

About 600 buses would be fitted with the GPS in four months.

The project is estimated to cost Rs. 14 crore and the work had been awarded to three companies on build own, operate, and transfer basis.

The GPS would help the BMTC figure out the distance covered by the buses and the diversions, if any.

The details could be displayed inside in buses and at the bus stands.

In case of breakdown or accidents, the bus driver or the conductor would inform the control room using the global system for mobile (GSM) devices.

The Managing Director of the corporation, Upendra Tripathi, said his organisation had signed agreements with Advanced Micronic Devices Ltd and MobiApps (operating 700 buses each) and Arvind Mills (for 2,000 buses).

Mr. Tripathi said the BMTC would launch an interactive voice response system (IVRS) as soon as the online GPS was commissioned. The commuters could call the IVRS for the information about the location of the buses. The Karnataka State Road Transport Cororation and its sister concerns would also adopt the system later, Mr. Devaraj added.