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T’puram buses to flaunt numbers instead of place names

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

The first phase of a Unique Numbering System for Bus Routes has been launched for bus services in Thiruvananthapuram city.

The system, based on numbers, will cover buses of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation and private services, too, reports The Hindu.

It is aimed at eliminating hurdles that destination boards in Malayalam pose to visitors, especially foreign tourists, the elderly, the illiterate, workers from other States, and the visually challenged. The numeric system could be easily followed by everyone, District Collector Biju Prabhakar says. For instance, buses to the Civil Station will display a board with 100 on it and those to Medical College will have the number 101.

Buses to important places have been allocated fancy numbers that are easy to remember. The system has been designed by Kannur University MBA students following a study of the bus network in the state. It has earlier been implemented in Kannur and Kozhikode.

The numbering system will be implemented in 760 KSRTC buses and 100-odd private services in a month, Prabhakar says.

The services in the city and those originating from here to Neyyattinkara, Nedumangad, and Attingal have been colour coded. The city services will be blue, with numbers starting from 1, 2, and 3, Kannur University Management Studies Department head U. Faisal says.

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