Automatic ticket vending machines in MTC buses soon
http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IE920070115004333&Page=9&Title=Chennai&Topic=0&The Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) has proposed to install automatic ticket vending machines in buses.
The new system, as part of MTC’s modernisation drive, is likely to be introduced along with the Global Positioning System (GPS) by the end of March. The modalities for installing the automatic ticket vending machines, on the lines of the ones fixed in buses abroad, are being finalised, sources told this website’s newspaper.
The GPS is likely to be introduced in 100 buses in three routes 15 B (Koyambedu to Parry’s Corner), 70 (Avadi-Tambaram) and 21G (Tambaram-Parry’s Corner). The GPS will provide two-way communication from driver to MTC control room and control room to driver. A display board at the bus stops will show the arrival time of the buses.
The MTC is also in the process of introducing new routes following the state government’s decision to extend the MTC’s jurisdiction from 40 km to 50 km from Parry’s Corner.
While three new routes from Padappai, Maraimalai Nagar and Tiruporur have been introduced in the last two weeks, another new route from Sriperumbudhur will be operated from January 19. A total of 10 buses will be operated to five destinations including Koyambedu, Vadapalani and T Nagar. The next such route is expected from Tiruvallur.
The MTC has also decided to set up new depots in Kunrathur and Sunguvarchattiram in addition to the existing 24 depots. The state government has decided to allot funds for the replacement of 1,100 old MTC buses with new ones for the next financial year.
“The Finance Secretary has already cleared the proposal. We expect the government to announce it in the budget next month,” official sources said. The government has given the nod for buying 480 buses of which the 200 of them have been replaced so far.
“The MTC has embarked on a massive drive to replace old buses. We are awaiting a Central Government scheme under which we will get funds for purchasing 5,000 buses in five years of which 500 old buses will be replaced every year while the remaining will be inducted as new services,” an official said. The Centre has sought a detailed project report from the MTC.