MSRTC launches smartcard facilityNews — By The Desk on December 20, 2011 at 6:18 PM
Times of India: The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has started a smartcard facility, which will replace the existing paper passes for state-run buses.
Said MSRTC managing director Deepak Kapoor, “We have 29,000 machines issuing electronic tickets in our ST buses. Now, these machines will also scan smartcards.” The facility was inaugurated by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan in Nagpur during the weekend.
The paper passes that are being used often get soiled or misused by commuters, but smart cards will ensure that passengers do not face these problems, Kapoor said. The smartcard will cost Rs 25 each. ‘In the first phase, the smartcards will be available as four-day or seven-day passes under the ‘Avdel Tethe Pravas’ (Travel Wherever You Like) scheme. Later, smartcards will be used for students, monthly, tri-monthly and other passes of various schemes of MSRTC,” Kapoor stated.
Currently, the cards are being sent to all depots across Maharashtra and passengers can purchase it after about a week, a spokesperson said. The student cards will be made available on demand in the school premises.
The smart card work on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and does not need to be swiped.
Once the card is held close to the Electronic Ticket issuing Machines, the chip in the card enables the conductor to read the contents of the card. “MSRTC is doing its best to include the latest information and technology in its functioning and give the best possible service to travellers,” Kapoor said.
Recently, MSRTC started an SMS facility for passengers wherein commuters would be reminded about journeys four hours in advance. Also, commuters can make cancellations using SMS and online facilities.