15,000 State buses to have vehicle monitoring system

15,000 State buses to have vehicle monitoring system

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will bring 15,000 buses under an electronic monitoring system that will improve the functioning and efficiency of three state corporations - the KSRTC, North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) and North East Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) and the KSRTC itself.

The idea is to make all the corporations adopt to tracking technologies and reap the benefits of instant communication and conflict resolution.

KSRTC Managing Director Sanjeev Kumar Kataria told Deccan Herald: “In the first phase, we implemented the Vehicle Monitoring and Tracking System (VMTS) on 2,000 KSRTC buses. In the second phase, we are implementing the VMTS on 15,000 buses covering the entire State. A tender will be floated in the next 10 days. This time we are including buses from NW and NE KRTCs too. The idea is to boost the efficiency of the entire transport network in the State.”

The VMTS was first tried out on 2,000 buses on a trial basis to iron out faults, deficiencies, discrepancies and system issues. There were many problems that the systems threw up when the implementation began around 11 months ago. That was the pilot phase. Now, the systems are functioning well and the staff too are comfortable with the VMTS. This confidence among the staff and better performance over the 11 months has prompted the KSRTC to implement the system across the state that includes NW and NE KRTCs.The VMTS primarily includes a Vehicle Monitoring Unit (VMU) mounted behind the driver’s seat and a passenger information system. It monitors every movement of the vehicle and reports back to the control room all the data it has collected. The control room is now located at the satellite bus station on Mysuru road.

According to Kataria, the performance of 2,000 buses on which the VMTS has been fixed has improved significantly. For example: a passenger who was waiting at the KSRTC bus stop in Kolar mailed directly to the MD stating that the bus hadn’t come to Kolar town. When asked, the driver said he had gone inside the town, but found nobody at the bus stop. That is when officials saw the control room image of the bus, which showed that the bus had skipped the town and took bypass road.

“This way issues between staff and the management can be sorted out by the use of technology,” the senior officer said.

While the KSRTC has around 8,000 buses, the NW and NE corporations have totally around 9,000 buses. With 2,000 buses in KSRTC already under the VMTS system, the rest 6,000 buses of the KSRTC and 9,000 buses of the other two corporations are ready for implementation of the new VMTS system.

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