Youth welcomes hi-tech bus shelters in Thiruvananthapuram

Bus stand has LED display, FM radio, CCTV and back-lit panel

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The first ever hi-tech commuter friendly bus shelter at Vellayambalam has been welcomed with open arms by most people, especially the youngsters.

The bus shelter – which was installed by the Trivandrum Road Development Corporation Ltd (TRDCL) – the concessionaire of City Road Improvement Porject – near to Keltron office is equipped with sophisticated facilities like LED display panel, FM Radio, CCTVs and back-lit panel.

The new shelter has redefined the bus shelter experience to the commuters. The main highlight is the Ananthapuri FM, which is played all day from 6am to 11pm to ensure that the passengers can rejoice to refreshing music while waiting for the bus.

Youngsters are very much happy about the new facility especially because of the entertainment element. “This is a very good change. We can listen to music while waiting for the bus; it is a kind of entertainment for each and every one of us,” says Rajesh, one of the commuter who was waiting at the shelter.

The CCTV cameras also provide a sense of security, especially to women. “We feel safe no matter what the time is. The presence of the CCTV camera gives us a safe feeling and ensures that we are under surveillance all the time,” says Anna, another youngster.

The LED panels installed at the bus shelter would display bus timings in the future but as of now they are being used to display scrolls of KELTRON and TRDCL.

“A proposal has been placed before Kerala Road Fund Board (KRFB) for upgrading all theshelters is the 42 km stretch that comes under the City Road Improvement Project (CRIP),” said CRIP project director Mr. Anil Kumar Pandala.

While Road Fund authorities said that the proposal is under consideration. “A couple of discussions were held in this regard. We have to finalise the project,” said the official.

( Source : deccan chronicle )
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