The Punjab Government in compliance of new transport policy is all set to launch Bus Tracking System in Punjab Roadways and PUNBUS. Mrs. Razia Sultana Transport Minister, Punjab today reviewed performance of bus tracking system at Monitoring and control room of Punjab Roadways and PUNBUS.Disclosing this in a press communiqué Mrs. Razia Sultana said that Punjab Roadways and Punjab State Bus Stand Management Company (PUNBUS) are installing vehicle tracking system in its buses and developing passenger information system for passenger. This project is being implemented in 1800 buses at a total cost of Rs. 5.8 Cr to be operated for 5 years out of which 50% of capital cost is being given by Government of India.She said that Central monitoring and control room is being established in Head Office of Punjab Roadways and PUNBUS where live tracking of buses will be monitored in real time. She said that this is the first step of Government of Punjab in installation of vehicle tracking system in passenger transport vehicle of Punjab as per the new transport policy. She said that Pilot phase for deployment of GPS Devices in 110 buses has been completed in Jalandhar-1 & Jalandhar-2 depot. This system will now be installed in all 18 depots of Punjab Roadways and PUNBUS. Implementation of this project will be completed by May, 2020. This project is to be extended to buses of PRTC and private stage carriage buses in the near future.
The Minister while divulging upon the benefits of this project, the Transport Minister said that when this project is fully implemented a panic button will be provided in all buses in collaboration with Punjab Police for passenger safety especially women safety. Likewise central control room is being established at Chandigarh for monitoring and control of buses. She said that events like over-speeding, harsh braking, harsh acceleration, stopping at un-authorized stop, stoppage of more than 25 minutes at authorized Dhaba’s buses going via bypass, flyover, route deviation, early and late departure, missing of scheduled Kms etc. will be monitored in real time in control room and also at depot level and alerts will also be sent through SMS.rs. Razia Sultana said that Management Information System like driver behavior, conductor behavior, bus utilization, staff utilization, late/early running of buses, record of kilometers etc. will be maintained. “By Implementation of this system, Transport Department has taken a step ahead towards safely of passenger specially women in its buses. Passengers will be able to check/track their buses position along with ETA/ETD of individual bus stands with the help of Mobile Application.” Mrs. Razia Sultana added. Prominent amongst those who were present at the occasion included Mr. K. Siva Prasad, Principal Secretary, Transport, Mr. Bhupinder Singh, Director State Transport, Mr. Gurlovleen Singh, MD, PRTC, Mr. Sukhwinder Singh, Deputy STC, N.P. Singh, Executive Director, PUNBUS.