Next-generation A/C Bus Stops Will Come Up In Trivandrum Soon! More Details Revealed

When the project is realized, commuters will not have to stand in sweltering heat or pouring rain while waiting for a bus.

Back in December, district authority introduced the plan to launch next-generation Wi-Fi enabled A/c bus shelters in Trivandrum. Now, more details about the project have surfaced.

The plan is to seek cooperation with major banks to install the bus shelter. By roping in major banks, they will be able to promote their brand and get a free space for installing an ATM machine. Currently, banks spend a huge amount of money as rent to run their ATM. For the administration, there is no maintenance and recurring costs involved. Government need not have to spend anything for building these bus stops which may cost around Rs.15 lakh a unit.

The banks gets more visibility and a free space to run their ATMs.

State Bank of Travancore (SBT), Bank of Baroda, South Indian Bank, and Vjaya Bank have already shown interest in this project.

SBT is the first bank to respond positively to this project. “The idea is to integrate the bank’s focus on brand promotion and popularisation of Alternative Delivery Channels through ATMs with a public cause,” said S. Adikesavan, Chief General Manager of SBT.

Ac Bus Stop in Chennai

Ac Bus Stop in Chennai

The facilities of next-gen A/c bus shelters include FM radio, Wi-Fi, drinking water facility, electronic information boards which tells the time and schedule of the buses, LED lighting, mobile charging stations etc. The bus shelter will be made using light weight pre-fabricated construction for vandal-free design. The wheelchair-friendly shelter will have CCTV surveillance and GPS tracking of buses.

The pilot project will be initiated at four places in Trivandrum — near the Medical College, Mascot Hotel, University Library and Corporation Office.

The pilot project will be initiated at four places in Trivandrum — near the Medical College, Mascot Hotel, University Library and Corporation Office.

The initiative is a social responsibility project mooted by the District Innovation Council and the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), to enhance public infrastructure to promote public transportation.

When the project is realized, commuters will not have to stand in sweltering heat or pouring rain while waiting for a bus.

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