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A passenger taking ticket from driverThe hi-tech Ticket Issuing Machines (TIMs) system introduced by Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) in its Metroliner services added more glamour to the Tech-savvy Hyderabad city. With this new development, the driver will issue tickets generated through the machine and collects the money from the passengers. The APSRTC has used the TIMs on long-distance services on Bangalore and Vijayawada and the success prompted the authorities to go in for the same system in the city too.

Ticket issuing machine Mr. R.P. Singh, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, APSRTC launched the new machines in a grand function held recently at Sanjeeva Reddy Nagar bus stop. At present the TIM system is being operated on the Secunderabad-Patancheru route (no.226) and is available in only 10 vehicles. According to APSRTC regional manager Ch. Rameswara Rao, "the machine will be fixed near the driver's seat. The stages on the route and respective fares would be fed to the machine". For example, if a passenger boards the bus at stage number four and intends to get down at 10, the driver will press the buttons 4 and 10. A ticket will come out and the corresponding fare will be displayed on the machine, for which the money will be collected by the driver.

Driver operating the TIM"The corporation has completed trial runs of the new scheme and about 40 drivers have been trained in handling the TIMs. The drivers will be paid an additional sum of Rs. 500 per month," Rameswara Rao said. The machines, costing Rs. 20,000 a piece, are being manufactured by the Electronics Corporation of India Limited and two other private firms. "Technical experts from these companies will examine the functioning of TIMs on a weekly basis," said Rameswara Rao. "I can handle the bus alone and by practice I think I can issue the tickets while driving it too," said Sambasiva Rao, the driver who holds the distinction of driving the first bus with TIM system.

Inspite of the hi-tech move by the government, the launching of TIMs has also been opposed by many APSRTC trade unions saying that the latest development is the begining of end for conductors. Besides, helping the withdrawal of the conductors in a phased manner, the facility is expected to be cost effective to the state-run corporation. "One should dispel the fears about loss of jobs to conductors following the introduction of TIMs," sought Mr. Singh.

New service to Bangalore launched MR. Singh also launched newly designed hi-tech buses on the Bangalore sector from the BHEL and Miyapur bus stations. Four such vehicles of the 'Sutlej' company are to be run on this route. The buses from Miyapur will leave at 5 p.m.. In the return direction they will leave Bangalore at 6.30 p.m. They will depart at BHEL at 7.45 p.m. and at Bangalore at 8.30 p.m.

The passengers who wish to travel by these buses to Bangalore could procure tickets from the authorised reservation counters at Ameerpet (near Chermas, Phone: 6621465), Balanagar (City bus stop, Phone: 3771740), BHEL (near Keerthi Mahal Phone: 3025697), Bharatnagar (Moosapet, Phone: 381 3681), Kukatpally (KPHB main road, Phone: 306 9619), S.R. Nagar (near bus stop, Phone: 3735013), Sanathnagar (near police station, Phone: 371 9174), Lakdikapul (near Rajdoot Hotel, Phone: 321 2108), Miyapur (Miyapur Crossroads, Phone: 304 3699) and Motinagar (Motinagar Crossroads, Phone: 383 1460).

A press release issued by the APSRTC stated that its operations on the inter-State routes had been extended. The services within the State were being connected to important colonies like A.S. Raonagar, Safilguda, Gachibowli and BHEL, besides Mahatma Gandhi and Jubilee Bus Stations.

Krishna Chaitanya Karanam
Photographs by: Srinivas Setty

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