Non-functional PIS at bus stops trouble commuters

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Aug 2017 11:02:01


 

By Pallavi Singh,

It is to be noted that there are around 180 PIS installed on BRTS bus stops. There are 235 BRTS bus stops in the city and as many as 90 more are proposed. As per sources PIS will be installed on all the bus stops as soon as the construction work will be complete. Commuters on the other hand are struggling on daily basis to know the exact schedule of buses due to non-functional PIS system

BHOPAL City Link Limited (BCLL) has started many new features to facilitate the public transport in city, be it the new midi buses, installation of ticket vending machines or the proliferation of routes. But ironically the existing basic components of BRTS are dysfunctional. Public Information System (PIS) installed at BRTS bus stops to let people know about the bus schedule, including time of arrival of buses and the bus number can be seen non functional at many bus stops around the city. Even at places where the PIS work, it does not show the correct time and number of bus causing problem for commuters.


It is to be noted that, there are around 180 PIS installed on BRTS bus stops.
There are 235 BRTS bus stops and as many as 90 more are proposed in city.


As per sources, PIS will be installed on all the bus stops as soon as the construction work will be done. Commuters on the other hand are struggling on daily basis to know the exact schedule of buses due to non-functional PIS system. Major problem arises during late night hours affecting the female passengers most.


Non-functional and dysfunctional PIS can be seen on various BRTS stops in the city like Campion School stop, Birla Mandir, 7 number, Sargam, many stops at link road, New Market, Habibganj Naka, Bairagarh, MVM College stop, Royal Market and various other stops of the city. Lavina Chandani, a daily commuter said, “The PIS never shows right time and at most of the stops the PIS systems do not work and at stops where it works, the correct schedule is not displayed.

The problem arises during night hours when it becomes utmost necessity to know the timings of buses. This is the basic component which should be maintained by authorities.”


BCLL has been urging people to take tickets from vending machines at the stops, but to unavailable schedule of buses people have second thoughts in buying tickets and advance. “When we do not know the exact schedule of bus, why should we waste our money to buy ticket. It has happened several times with me at night time that the bus I wanted to board did not come, as the last bus had already left and I bought the ticket.

The schedule should be displayed on PIS for better services,” said Bhaskar Sinha, a daily commuter.
PRO, BCLL, Sanjay Soni said, “The malfunctioning is due to fault in the electricity line and damaged meter. People steal wires and damage other wiring, causing such problems. We have received complaints regarding the faulty and non-working PIS and work is ongoing for their maintenance and upgradation.”