Kochi: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) would implement a project to introduce smart systems, including a mobile app that enables real time tracking of buses, in two months and as a first step started experimenting the new GPS-based Electronic Ticketing Machines (ETMs).
“The new ETMs were deployed on an experimental basis in the Thiruvananthapuram-Ponmudi route. Global Positioning System devices have been set up in buses plying in the route. The ETMs are essential in implementing the smart systems for which the global tendering process is on,” said managing director Tomin J. Thachankary.
Though the tendering process evoked little response in the first attempt, the process was again initiated. “This time, certain companies have come forward and we expect the whole process to be complete in another two months,” the official said.
The proposed project will facilitate live updation of ticketing status, enabling booking of tickets through smart phones (barcode reader), Smart card and Paytm.
Passengers waiting at bus stands could track the arrival of buses and could also reserve seats through the proposed app. Real-time updation of ticket sales by linking the ticketing machines with the KSRTC server was another component. It could ensure that there was no manipulation in ticket sales.
The management has also taken tough measures as part of cost cutting by laying off 2,500 empanelled employees belonging to Mechanical wing. The move, though, has resulted in stiff protest from various trade unions.
Meanwhile, the corporation has decided to implement single duty system in all ordinary buses from 9 September. “This means the maximum working hours of staff will be limited to eight hours,” an official said....