Punjab to soon have GPS on roadways buses

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 02, 2015 22:24 IST

The Punjab government would soon equip the fleet of roadways buses with GPS (global positioning system) and its staff with electronic ticketing machines.

The government plans to introduce the integrated management system in all depots of Punjab Roadways at a cost of Rs 25.92 crore.

Stating this, transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar said the purchase of 1,800 electronic ticketing machines and GPS would be provided soon on the buses.

Kohar said electronic ticketing machines had been installed in all buses of Punjab Roadways. About 580 electronic ticketing machines were purchased at a cost of Rs 37 lakh during 2013-14 and another 300 such machines had been purchased for Rs 19 lakh during the current year.

He said the matter was under process to purchase 305 ordinary and 10 super-integral coach AC buses at a cost of Rs 75 crore. By inducting new buses in the department's fleet, very old/condemned buses of Punjab Roadways have been grounded. At present, the fleet strength of Punjab Roadways/Punbus is 1,682 buses, of which there are 1,524 ordinary buses, 135 HVAC buses and 23 super-integral coach AC buses.

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