Be a 'smart' commuter in a Smart City. You would just need to carry your own common mobility card (CMC), recharge and swipe it to travel in any of the public tranport vehicles in Lucknow. City buses and Lucknow Metro will get the swipe machines to make it possible for commuters.
Three-wheeler passenger vehicles might gradually be brought into the fold as the drivers will have to have a swipe machine installed in the vehicle. State government has already sanctioned Rs 30cr for the Intelligent Transport Management System (ITMS) of which CMC is a part. The cards will be issued by Lucknow City Transport Services Limited (LCTSL) which is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formed under the dedicated urban transport fund to implement the reforms related to urban transport.
ITMS may put an end to 'clogged' city buses. Cameras installed in buses and connected to the control room will transport live feed in the control centre set up for monitoring. "We would be able to see how many passengers are there as well as how many buses are there on-road at the time on a given route," said sources.
The need to reform and oraganise the urban transport sector vis-a-vis the Smart City project has made state government constitute directorate of urban transport under the urban development department to work as a nodal agency on matters related to urban transport and to coordinate with other government departments on issues regarding transport within city limits. City buses will have vehicle tracking system (VTS) and be GPRS-enabled to make every-minute tracking possible. What will make the transport vehicle even safe is Passenger Information System which will be integrated with ITMS. It will be possible for the control centre to see who all boarded the bus at the designated stoppages through camera and at what point did they alight from the bus.
At present, city transport in Lucknow consists of 260 city buses, 4,343 auto-rickshaws and 2,575 tempos. In the first phase, ITMS will be rolled out for city buses and Lucknow Metro.