Bangalore, June 5: The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is coming up with the new initiative, has started a free trial of Wi-Fi services in 10 AC bus. The BMTC has planned to arrange Wi-Fi services in 200 AC buses which include those buses which run on Kempe Gowda International Airport routes. Meanwhile, a few buses running on Hebbal- Silk Board and Chikkabanavara-Majestic routes are provided by free Wi-Fi service.
The BMTC Managing Director, Ekroop Cuar said “The contractor underwent a trial run on ten buses and informed us that service would be provided in remaining 190 AC in a phased manner. We have also floated tender to provide Wi-Fi services in 500 ordinary buses”.
The BMTC has an armada of additional six buses and the majority of them are operated on IT corridors like Whitefield, Electronic City, Airport services. As the travel time has expanded throughout the years, the Wi-Fi facilities come as large alleviation for the travelers.
A BMTC informed that “There was a good passenger feedback during the trial run. The passengers could watch movies and see other entertainment programs. The service will be used by a number of people as it gets extended in another fleet”.
The corporation likewise wants to give different facilities for the chartered service, mainly focusing on IT organizations. This will incorporate more agreeable plan with head rest, GPS- enabled tracking through mobile applications and web facilities for entertainment and office work.
The BMTC is also planning to provide new buses as chartered service to the companies. They are in the process of bringing 1600 odd buses in coming months. The corporation has started accepting AC and Midi buses.
The Free Wi-Fi in the bus is not the first initiative taken up by BMTC as previously the corporation had taken up the initiatives of providing info-entertainment by fixing gadgets at the back of the seat for air passengers in the AC buses.
Although, the project didn’t go successfully for various reasons. The BMTC had earlier installed TV panels in the AC for entertainment programmes, this initiative had also failed after the trial run as contractor and corporation failed to reach an understating on advertisement revenue sharing.