KOZHIKODE: Passengers can now board the bus without reading the board. In a move to make movement of bus service a more smooth affair, private buses plying in Kozhikode will be displaying numbers. Passengers boarding the buses to destinations like Mananchira, Vellimadukunnu, Medical College, West Hill, Beypore, etc will be welcomed by bus numbers on the route. The district administration has decided that the bus numbers would be allotted depending on the name of the district, like K for Kozhikode. The bus numbers circled in white written on a red background could be viewed even from a distance. This was revealed by the district collector N Prashanth on his Facebook page.
The main advantage of displaying number boards on buses is that migrant workers, who are in large numbers in Kozhikode, can easily identify the buses without reading the route. Even aged people and non-Malayalam speaking people will be benefitted by this. Added to this, charts explaining the bus number and the route it plies, will be pasted at all bus stops. Passengers can see the chart and travel to the destination of their choice.
Department head of Management Studies of Kannur University Dr Faisal and his team have been entrusted with the task of conducting a study in the district and has completed the initial stages of assigning the numbers. Bus numbers will be allotted to 136 city buses in the first phase. Later, it would be extended to buses starting from Moffusil stand, Palayam stand and KSRTC buses.
Kozhikode district collector N Prashanth has convened a meeting with the bus owners to discuss the operation savari girigiri in the city. The new system called 'Unique Numbering System of Bus Routes' (UNSBR) will also launch a mobile application to help identify bus routes.