To keep track of errant bus drivers, the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) has decided to install Global Positioning System (GPS) on 72 buses plying in Greater Noida. If found to be successful here, the device will be installed in Noida buses as well.
UPSRTC regional manager PR Belwariar told the Hindustan Times on Saturday, “The corporation has 72 buses at the Greater Noida Kasna depot and 178 buses at the Noida Depot.” “We were getting complaints that drivers do not follow the routes and run buses at their whims and do not stop at designated stops,” he said.
“Buses ply between Noida and Greater Noida on two routes via the Expressway and Noida-Dadri road via Bhangel-Surajpur area. Besides, four city routes connect various sectors,” said Belwariar. “In Noida, UPSRTC runs 10 city routes, which provides connectivity to the Metro stations.
UP Roadways buses from Noida go to Delhi and ferry commuters to the New Delhi railway station and inter-state bus terminal at Kashmere Gate and Anand Vihar,” he added. The decision comes as a solution to redress public grievance and provide better bus service. With GPS, the exact location of buses can be traced. “A control room will be set up at the bus stand. Large screens will display the location of all buses and commuters can see which is going to come next,” the regional manager said.