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Maharashtra buses go hi-tech with GPS

The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) of India has decided to keep a vigil on its men and machine with the installation of a GPS on its outstation buses.

“The GPS will monitor the movement of buses, its speed, number of passengers, vacant seats, stoppages – both authorised and unauthorised – and height in terrain where it is travelling”, MSRTC Director, Mr Kishore Kanhere said today.

On an experimental basis, for the first time in the State, five buses plying on routes from Nagpur to Pandharpur, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Gondia and Pune have been selected, Mr Kanhere said.

The GPS screen in the control room at MSRTC’s Ganeshpeth bus terminus here will enable driver to communicate two-way through a headphone when required and may also be used for issuing instructions. After initial experiment, the GPS will be installed across the State, he said. With this, MSRTC will be able to provide excellent service to the passengers and would also benefit its operations. With this the unauthorised stoppages will be detected and buses will not ply on the mercy of the drivers, Mr Kanhere added. Gradually, GPS will be introduced in Pune, Nashik, Konkan and Mumbai depots, he said.

A team of MSRTC officials and directors had recently visited Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to study the operation of their bus service.