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Andhra Pradesh government is set to modernise the State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) and ensure that the buses reach the destination on time. The pilot project will be launched in Tirupati next week and in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam by the end of December.

Plans are afoot to install vehicle-tracking and passenger information systems to monitor movement of vehicles

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh government is set to modernise the State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) and ensure that the buses reach the destination on time. The pilot project will be launched in Tirupati next week and in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam by the end of December.

According to Minister for Transport Sidda Raghava Rao, vehicle tracking and passenger information systems will help monitor the movement of vehicles. The APSRTC feels that it will be a step forward in the direction of providing commuter friendly services.

He said a GPS-based (Global Positioning System) vehicle tracking system will be put in place in select buses and a SIM card will be inserted into the tracking unit of every bus. This will help determine the time by which the bus reaches each stage by tracking its route and exact location. The timing of the arrival of the bus will be displayed on the LCD/LED screens at the bus stops.

The vehicle tracking system will be introduced in 539 Metro Deluxe and Metro Express buses plying in Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati. The pilot project will also be implemented in 998 special buses on select routes of Kurnool-Bengaluru, Vijayawada-Tirupati and Vijayawada –Chennai.

Already 48 LED boards and 22 LCD boards have been installed at important bus terminals and bus shelters. Installation of display boards in buses is complete. Total cost of the pilot project has been pegged at Rs 4.92 crore. More than 95 percent of the expenditure will be for installation of Tracking Units. LCD display will cost Rs 4.99 lakh and LED display will cost Rs 10.90 lakh. As for long-distance special buses, the tracking system will be installed by January 31 2015.

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