Transport Minister R Ashok on Sunday said that private bus service operators and goods service companies have been issued directions to install Global Positioning System (GPS) devices in all their vehicles.
He was speaking at the launch of three new direction- based BMTC bus services in the city.
The minister expressed confidence that the installation of such devices along with strict guidelines on how employees of travel services should behave with women would help deter such “inhuman” attacks like the one which occurred in Delhi recently.
“The BMTC and KSRTC buses are also preparing to install cameras besides the GPS systems in order to ensure safety and transparency of buses.
These buses will be monitored at all times from the control room,” he said.
Ashok also announced that the KSRTC is gearing up to introduce Intelligent Transport Services (ITS) enabled services across the state after the success of its pilot project in Mysore.
This system will enable travellers to get real time updates on bus timings and delays as well as other benefits.
“The BMTC has already floated tenders as part of its plans to bring ITS to the city,” he added.
The three newly introduced direction-based routes will be part of the direction based ‘K Series’ services which run for distances upto 30 km within the city.
The new routes will operate from areas like Jeevanbimanagar, HSR Layout, Kalyannagar etc.
Their details are as follows: Route K4: Jeevanbimanagar to Nrupathunganagar; Route K5: Mallasandra to HSR BDA complex and Route K6: Kalyannagar to Jambusavari Dinne.
These buses will operate in addition to the earlier K1 (St John’s Hospital to Yeshwantpur Station), K2 (Hebbal to MCTC Bus Stand) and K3 (Basaveshwaranagar Bus Stand to Koramangala) routes introduced two years ago.