Mangaluru, Mar 30, 2019: At present private city buses plying on Mangaladevi, Konaje and Ullal routes in the city no longer use Electronic Ticketing Machines (ETM) to issue tickets to the passengers. Instead, the conductors use a sophisticated Tab.
Of the 23 buses, all originating from State Bank, five buses plying on Mangaladevi route, three on Konaje and 15 on Ullal route use the new technology for issuing the tickets.
There are over 350 city private buses in Mangaluru and more than a lakh passengers commute to different destinations on a daily basis.
DK Bus Operators Association leader Dilraj Alva said there was valid response to the use of Tab for issuing tickets by bus conductors. In fact, the Tab will be useful, once the radio frequency identification (RFID) technology cards and smart cards are introduced for the bus commuters in the city.
The Tab has touch screen display and is already keyed with the information on the ticket fare for each stage of the travel on the route. As a result, the conductors can not tamper and charge higher fare from the passengers. Further, the ticket issued will have information on the name of the bus, route number, fare, kilometre travelled, date and time along with the mobile numbers of the bus conductor and driver.
Once the RFID cards are introduced, then passengers travelling from point-to point just need to flash their card on the Tab. They can also recharge their cards using the Tab.
DK Bus Operators Association has already introduced Chalo app in Mangaluru that integrates all the private buses in the city into a single live tracking and journey planner tool for the city.
With the launch of the app, the waiting time at the bus stop for the commuters has reduced as they can now check the live location and arrival time of a bus on their mobile phone. The app tracks the live GPS position of bus on a map. It also helps to locate bus stops in the closest location. The system has a few glitches and will soon be rectified.