DNA | Last Modified - Sep 12, 2011, 03:35 AM IST
Jaipur: Passengers travelling on the state roadways buses of Rajasthan will now be on government radar round-the-clock.
To ensure completely safe travel on buses connecting with other states, particularly in the era of growing road mishaps and anti-national elements targeting transport modes, the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) is going for GPS-tracking system to keep a sustained eye on its 1500-odd buses.
The Global Positioning System (GPS) based tracking system is likely to be place in these buses connecting with 11 states and Chandigarh union territory (UT) by December this year. "Bids have been invited for the ambitious vehicle tracking project and the company which will perform the task will be finalized by this month end," RSRTC CMD Dr Manjit Singh informed.
The new system which is likely to be in place by this year end is targeted at reducing leakages in system, besides minimising accidents, through round-the-clock meticulous tracking of RSRTC buses connecting with other states. Also, the system is aimed at checking various irregularities in buses both at the point of drivers and conductors, thus ensuring punctuality of buses and revenue from ticket sales is not affected by errant drivers-conductors.
Similar tracking system is operating on buses in Bangalore, besides in the air-conditioned buses in Punjab and Delhi, but RSRTC has decided to go for more extensive tracking of its fleet, by putting under GPS-radar all its buses connecting with other states, including Uttarakhand, UP, Punjab, Harayana, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and UT of Chandigarh.
The system, which will be operated through a Centralised Control Room in Jaipur, will not only help in tracking the buses physically, but also aid the Corporation in keeping a tab on number of passengers in its inter-state buses.
"Not only the buses will be tracked physically, but also the Electronic Ticketing machines with the conductors will be on GPS-tracking system," RSRTC official spokesperson Sudhir Bhati said. RSRTC officials hope once the new vehicle tracking system starts functioning it will also aid better fleet/vehicle utilisation of inter-state buses. A state roadways official said it's particularly going to help in meticulously spotting a vehicle in case of accident or any sabotage.