KOZHIKODE: Social justice minister M K Muneer launched the first phase of the unique numbering system for buses in the district on Saturday. An alphanumeric system inside the red circle on the sides of destination names displayed on the board will be introduced to eliminate the linguistic barriers in identifying bus routes.
M K Muneer inaugurated the scheme by flagging off a private bus (plying on the Chelavoor to Mananchira route) by providing an alphanumeric board K1 to the bus owner at a function held at Nadakkavu cross road. A team led by Dr Faisal, head of the department of management studies, Kannur University developed the project for the district administration to provide unique bus numbers to different routes after conducting a survey.
Presiding over the function at the District Bus Operators Association hall, district collector N Prasanth said that best transportation facility is the sign of city development. "The unique numbering system will be helpful to all, especially the elderly, tourists and migrant labourers," he said. He also urged the bus owners to complete displaying alphanumeric characters along with the destination board put up on the buses by November 1.
Presenting the project, Dr U Faisal said that the unofficial figure says that around four lakh migrant labourers have been working in the district. Dr Faisal said that buses going to Mofussil bus stand will have the number KO.
"The green buses plying in the city going to Mananchira will have the number K1 and buses plying to Palayam bus stand from various routes will have K2 number,'' said Dr U Faisal. The KSRTC buses will be given the alphabet K. Fancy numbers will be given to tourist destinations and airports," he said. A mobile app to provide information about the services will be developed soon,'' he said. "The project aims to complete the entire process by January 2016," he added.
Regional transport officer K Premandan said that there will be around 300 information boards to provide details about various routes and its designated numbers will be put up at major locations and junctions to help the public to know about the new facility. He also asked the bus owners to complete displaying unique numbers of the routes on buses by November 1.
Assistant police commissioner Aravindakshan, M K Suresh Babu, president Kozhikode district bus operations association, K Radhakrishnan, general secretary of Bus Operators' Organization attended the function.
Author: The Times of India