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Smart cards launched for city buses in Odisha capital


Reported by Santosh Jagdev

Bhubaneswar, June 7:

Town bus passengers in the Odisha capital can now say goodbye to the perennial problem of coin shortage. All that they now have to do is to swipe a Smart Card on a customised machine to pay their fares.

Photo: Biswaranjan Mishra
Photo: Biswaranjan Mishra

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the Smart Card system for city buses run under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) at a function at the Janata Maidan here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Dream Team Sahara (DTS) Sudhanshu Jena said passengers can get tickets from the bus conductor during travel after swiping the card issued to them on a customised machine.

“The smart card with a bar code, when swiped on the customised machine, will generate a print out stating the exact fare deducted with details of the money debited from the account and the balance available,” he said.

Jena said the service will be available to 5000 commuters in the first phase of the project. The smart card service would be available on all 129 city buses, including the four air-conditioned ones, operating on 17 routes connecting Cuttack and Puri. “One has to fill up a form and give it to the conductor to get a smart card within 24 hours,” he added.

The smart card will be issued by Bhubaneswar-Puri Transport Services Limited (BPTSL), which runs the service, on payment of Rs 300. People can collect smart cards either from a conductor on the bus or from the DTS office at Master Canteen.

The smart card can be recharged with a minimum payment of Rs 100.