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Kerala plans GPRS enabled onboard bus ticketing

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is planning to introduceGeneral Packet Radio Service (GPRS)-enabledelectronic ticket machines (ETM) in buses plying from Ernakulam, Chengannur and Kottayam depots next week. The facility is presently available in KSRTC buses plying between Thiruvananthapuram and Pampa.

The GPRS-backed ETMs will help to track the movement of vehicles, distance covered, number of passengers using the service, running time, number of tickets given, arrival and departure of buses. It will also help to track reservation and cancellation of tickets. While Kochi has been allotted 180 such ETM machines, Chengannur depotwill receive 150 and Kottayam depot 150 machines.

The system will be centrally connected and monitored from Transport Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram. Ernakulam zonal officer A Premakumar said the decision to introduce GPRS-enabled machines was taken to reduce the burden of employees. “More over, the number of bus services from Ernakulam is comparatively high and it has become difficult for employees as they have work double and more shifts even on long trips,” he said. “The new machine will help to give tickets with ease and reduce the burden for us,” said Mahesh Narayanan, a KSRTC employee. Read the full report here, Times of India


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