In a bid to spare commuters from the pain of standing in queues, the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) is all set to launch online ticket booking facility. The facility is part of Chandigarh Administration’s initiative of offering cashless facilities at all its departments. To begin with, the facility will be made available for long route buses and will be replicated for inter-city bus service in the second phase.
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CTU has got a software developed for the online bus reservation system, which has been successfully tested. The commuters will have to go on the official CTU website and generate a login ID. The applicant will then receive a system generated login ID and password through SMS and e-mail.
The website will maintain data pertaining to number of seats available on every bus and reservation details. It will also allows the commuters to track their buses with frequent updates on the location of the bus. Giving details, UT transport director Amit Talwar said passengers will get conformation of ticket booking through SMS and e-mail. The service is expected to be launched next week.
The authorities have also placed around 10 Point Of Sale (POS) machines at inter-state bus terminal in Sector 17 and 43 for passengers who want to make payment via debit and credit cards. On service charge levied by bank up to 2% on each transaction, Talwar said that passengers will not have to pay any charge levied by the bank for online transaction. “The additional charge will be paid by CTU,” said Talwar. CTU has also started collection of rent and lease money of its properties given on rent through e-payment.
It currently has a fleet of 470 buses, which are operating from its four depots. The fleet comprises standard size buses, semi-low floor non-AC buses, AC buses, low-floor AC buses, low-floor non-AC buses, and mini-AC buses. Out of the total buses, 87 are being used for long routes. It is also planning to buy as many as 200 new buses for long route service, of which 40 will be luxury buses, while remaining will be ordinary and semi-luxury buses.