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KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) will soon be implementing the intelligent transport system (ITS) for Mysore city under GEF (Global Environment Fund) – SUTP (Sustainable Urban Transport Programme), the initiative by World Bank.
The overall scope of implementation will consist of design, development, testing, installation, commissioning, training, operations, and management of facilities, for a period of three years by the winning bidder. The project plan covers 500 buses, 80 bus stops, and 10 bus terminals. It will have several components including vehicle tracking system, central control station, passenger information management system, communication sub system, travel demand management, incident and emergency management system, operational and maintenance specification and fleet management system. Core technologies include geographical positioning system (GPS), electronic display systems, and information & communication technologies. The cost of the project is Rs.19.13 crores that covers the capital costs and three years’ operating costs with a project contingency of 5%.
ITS in Mysore aims to bring about a synergetic transformation in the commuter experience, through a convergence of technologies. It has many benefits, including the reduction of commuter waiting time, fuel consumption, emissions, traffic congestion, and operational costs. It will increase the accessibility of the system, safety of users, and improve traffic efficiency, environmental quality, energy efficiency, and economic productivity.