Pune: The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has decided to install Global Positioning System (GPS), on a trial basis, in 10 luxury buses in the Pune division within a week.
Recent incidents like killer ST bus driver Santosh Mane’s rampage in January and a driver reporting on duty in a inebriated state have prompted the MSRTC to revisit its plan, which was first proposed in 2004. However due to reasons best known to the MSRTC authorities, it was put on hold.
The division has around 1,000 buses which include ordinary, semi-luxury (Asiad) and luxury (Shivneri) buses.
After installing the GPS, the authorities will be able to track the movement of buses, their speeds and duration of travel. This will help the division to bring under control cases of overspeeding, accidents and rescuing stranded buses. Besides, the GPS will also show if a driver has made any unnecessary halt. The trial will be conducted on luxury buses plying on inter-city and inter-state routes for a month. Later, it will be installed in more buses.
Viay Divte, depot manager, Swargate, said that “We are yet to get the internet connection. Once we get the facility, we will implement the system. Two weeks ago depot managers from the division were given the required training about the new system.”
Ganesh Patil, divisional traffic officer, MSRTC, said, “The GPS will be used in luxury buses plying on Pune-Bangalore and Pune-Mumbai routes. A decision to install the system in more buses will be taken later.”