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GSRTC express buses fitted with GPS by April

AMEDABAD: The GSRTC in order to provide safety on express buses of Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation is ready to get an upgrade this April. The state transport corporation has started installing GPS gadgets in state transportation express buses.

It is worth remembering that 41 passengers have died and another 25 are injured who was travelling in GSRTC buses after falling from a bridge into a river.Now The GPS Vehicle tracking system will send location-updates to the control rooms every 10 seconds. Officials from GSRTC said that the GPS software is not just for tracking live buses’ movements but also to report emergencies efficiently.

The GPS Tracker will enable bus drivers to hint authorities of exigencies with the press of a SOS. Each bus will have five SOS buttons for brake fail, fault in engine, accident, emergency contact and also raising a request for spare bus allocation.

“Gujarat will be first state in India where government state transport buses will be installed with GPS. Time of departure and arrival of a buses and platform number will be conveyed to passenger through audio announcement system and also shoes delay. Express buses in Ahmedabad department already have been started with GPS tracking system, and a control rooms has been set up. By April all express buses across the state will have GPS tracking facility,”

“When a SOS is pressed the nearest control room will get the message. The GPS will help officials in monitoring the bus and route it is taking or whether the bus has made an unauthorized stop. Divisional depot manager and other officials will be able to monitor all vehicles 24*7,” said a senior official.

All GSRTC divisions will have a LED board Integrated with the GPS. This will report arrival of buses at respective divisions. Central control room covering entire state and all divisions will be located at Naroda depot.