Jaipur Buses to go Hi-Tech

The low-floor buses in the city are soon going to have CCTV cameras to keep an eye on suspicious activities and to monitor the behavior of drivers and conductors towards commuters. Not only this, commuters will also get to know the exact location of the buses via SMS or call. A control room equipped with latest technology will be set up to track each of 260 buses running on 10 routes in the city. The Union urban development ministry has given green signal for it under the proposed Intelligent Transport Management System (ITMS). According to the sources, the features were part of 260 low floor buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) but due to financial crisis the Jaipur City Transport Service Limited (JCTSL), the bus operator, failed to implement them.
"Next month an MoU will be signed with the company and commuters can avail the new facilities," said Malini Agarwal, managing director of JCTSL. The ministry has approved around Rs 48 crore recently to launch the system and also recommenced UTITSL, a government company, to sign a memorandum with the JCTSL for the implementation. The company may also introduce smart card facility for commuters with the fund. Using smart card commuters can recharge seasonal tickets paying through internet.