That the GPS initiative of DTC has failed is not a news as almost every body knew it long before it became official. DTC and Delhi government have of course found a escape goat for this fiasco and all set to terminate the contract and demand a refund from DIMTS(earlier reported by HT), the agency which had been contracted for equipping DTC buses with vehicle Tracking System. The project had cost about 35 Cr to Delhi government.
At the same time DIMTS has successfully managed GPS monitoring of cluster/orange buses for last six years. “We get real-time data for every cluster bus that is on the road. To identify erring drivers, we go by the ‘exception method’. This means, an alarm is raised whenever a bus over-speeds, deviates from the normal route, is static or is taking longer to complete a trip and so on,” said M Ramsekhar, CEO and MD of Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal System (DIMTS) as reportd in HT today.
It leaves a wish that Mr Ramshekhar should have given some understanding on this set back to otherwise excellent record of DIMTS in taking this technology forward.
In fact Delhi government and DTC too instead of wasting more time, energy and resources in trying to recover money from DIMTS, should focus on the commissions and omissions that have led to this state of affairs. That would convert this loss into a learning investment. You remember BRT fiasco few years back in previous regime. DTC can cut down its losses with a successful GPS monitoring of it fleet. According to officials overseeing the project Vehicle tracking system not only helps in monitoring of bus fleet, it also results in savings on various count.
Out of Delhi’s total fleet of 5,585 buses, 1,641 cluster or orange buses are the only GPS-enabled buses running on city roads. Like the Delhi Metro, these buses too are monitored round the clock from a centralised control room located at the inter-state bus terminal in Kashmere Gate.