Bus service modernisation: World Bank officials review ITS project

Chandigarh along with three other cities - Mira-Bhayandar, Bhopal and Jaipur - was selected in May 2014 for the pilot project of modernising the city bus service.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:September 21, 2016 6:05 am

A team of the World Bank on Tuesday held a meeting with the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) to review the project of installing intelligent transport system (ITS) in buses.  Chandigarh along with three other cities – Mira-Bhayandar, Bhopal and Jaipur – was selected in May 2014 for the pilot project of modernising the city bus service.  The project is funded by World Bank, which has allocated a budget of Rs 15 crore for the same.

UT director transport Amit Talwar informed the World Bank officials that the process of selecting a firm for the implementation of the project to install ITS in its buses has been initiated.

The CTU has invited tenders for selecting a company for the implementation of the project. The firm will have to install the GPS device on the buses, apart from putting up passenger information system boards at inter-state bus terminals and other desired locations, besides developing a mobile application and a web-based portal.

The ITS would enable the commuters to know the estimated time of arrival (ETA) of CTU buses at the bus queue shelters. Under the project, CTU intends to install electronic displays with ITS at around 300 bus queue shelters across the city, which would display the ETA of all the buses passing through the bus shelters.

The commuters will also be able to access the service through short messaging service (SMS) and interactive voice response system (IVRS).

The CTU is also planning to introduce e-ticketing facility. The project includes modernisation of equipment for better maintenance of the buses.

The CTU would also introduce automatic vehicle location system and passenger information system for the benefit of passengers on the long route buses. The system would be introduced to help the passengers to know about the vehicle locations at the designated places.

At present, the CTU has a fleet of 470 buses operating from 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.

The remaining buses are used for city bus service, serving the Tricity of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali, and suburban areas like Zirakpur and Kharar.