High Tech Buses– The government supported Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) and Manipal Group, which is a private firm, is ready to get a Rs 49 crores contract from the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) to execute the Intelligent Transport System (ITS). The consortium, which came out to be the lowest bidder, is supposed to get a final nod from the state cabinet and is expected to meet next Thursday.
The project assures to provide a technology improvement to the city’s major transport service providers. To those also whose previous contract with Trimax IT Infrastructure Service did not fully progressed in the last five years because of some financial issues of the Mumbai-based company. However, the corporation had spent approximately Rs 70 crores in the previous project but some of the services were not up to the mark.
What will come under the project?
The new contract of amount Rs 49 crores, consists of four components, i.e, Installation of global positioning system (GPS) in 5000 buses with high-end technology for locating vehicles and bus movements, Passenger Information System (PIS) which will give details of bus routes, schedules, estimated time of arrival, digital boards at bus stations, etc., Surveillance cameras in the buses (Two CCTV cameras in each bus) and a mobile application with women safety and crew review features.
BMTC managed bidders wisely
In the bid, three companies participated including Ebix Software (ESIP) and Annex Info technologies, as advertised earlier this year. Originally tender estimate amounted to Rs 89 crores, but sources tell that BMTC removed many conditions to reduce the amount of tender. Manipal Group and DIMTS have quoted the amount for the project as Rs 59 crores but BMTC managed to reduce the price to Rs 49 crores.
High hopes for the project
The BMTC is keeping their hopes high on the project as they are seeing tough competition from cabs, ola, and uber, which has taken away a large crowd of airport passengers with them. The transport corporation’s new mobile application is expected to have all the information related to buses and hence, making it easier for the passengers to plan their journey.
Santosh Babu, who is director of Information and Technology at BMTC said that the proposal is being evaluated by the government and likely to get approval in a week.