Entertainment package to lure passengers aboard KSRTC buses

Involving public:

Close on the heels of Mysore Division of South Western Railways introducing infotainment on certain trains on Mysore - Bangalore section, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has come out with an innovative idea of installing television sets on some of the bus routes in city, to make the otherwise mundane journey more pleasant and enjoyable.

The bus passengers, after finishing the household chores and boarded a bus to reach their destinations during the sultry weather in one of the areas in Mysore, were in for a pleasant surprise to see that their bus was equipped with a new flat television set.
Bus passengers will probably not complain of inconvenience anymore as they are compensated with visual effects.

Keeping youth happy

It also brought cheers among the people, especially youngsters, who can catch up with both old and new songs, the DVD’s of which are played on the monitor.

The set is fixed behind the driver’s seat, where usually the buses hold first aid box and suggestion box, so the driver’s attention is not distracted.

Achievements

But the passengers should be ready to first watch the achievements of the KSRTC as the department has used this equipment as the mouthpiece to make public the facilities available at the bus stand and the number of buses, frequency, etc.

Divisional Controller of Mysore Urban M N Srinivas, who was busy with the second bus day being observed in city, said that seven buses have been fixed with the sets till now.

The main objective of having the TV sets is to explain the passengers the facilities available at the bus stand, the number of buses plying and the details on the Volvo bus service.

Awareness

Clippings on awareness during bus travel, at the bus stand will also be displayed to alert the passengers, he added.

The buses that ply on Bogadi, Kuvempunagar, R S Naidunagar and Metagalli routes are fixed with TV sets. Similar facility will be extended to another 13 buses shortly, he added.
KSRTC has been slowly upgrading its facilities for the benefit of the people.

Gone are the old buses as new Marcopolo buses are introduced for the convenience of passengers.

In fact, this has evoked good response, especially among senior citizens. 

Increasing passengers

The response of the plush Volvo buses though was lukewarm at the beginning has picked up now, with more and more passengers opting for it, especially during this summer.

The department is also planning of introducing GPS for 120 city buses, the details of which would be displayed at the bus stands enabling the passengers to know the arrival of the buses.

The work for the same would begin in a month of two, he added.

Huge support to Bus Day

Home and Transport Minister R Ashoka said that compared to Bangalore, the ‘Bus Day’ being organised in Mysore has received tremendous support from the people. He said that when the concept was introduced in Bangalore, people were hesitant to use buses. However, with passage of time, they have started using public transport, he added.

Mentioning that the event was being conducted to improve awareness among people about saving the environment, Ashoka said that it wasn’t being organised for the sake of raking in profits.

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