Shimla, Aug 26 (IANS) Buses in Himachal Pradesh will get a facelift as the roadways authorities plan to install electronic ticketing machines.
'To start with, the state government plans to install these machines in some two dozen of its buses operating on long routes some time next month,' said an official of the Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (HPRTC) here.
These machines will also be put up at three HPRTC ticket booking offices at Shimla, Chandigarh and New Delhi bus stations.
It would be the bus driver's responsibility to distribute the machine-generated tickets after collecting money from passengers.
'We had recently invited tenders for installing these machines. The work has now been awarded to the Karnataka-based private company called Quantum power systems,' said Rajiv Gupta, chief general manager of HPRTC.
If found successful, these electronic ticketing machines could be installed in all long-route HPRTC buses and booking offices across the state, the official said.
But there are no plans to do away with bus conductors in local routes where the manual distribution of tickets will continue.
In the near absence of railways and airways in this hilly state, road transport is the only mode of commuting and HPRTC is the biggest carrier with some 1,700 buses.
Plying in some of the most rugged mountain terrains of the country, HPRTC has accumulated losses to the tune of Rs.3.7 billion.
The introduction of the electronic ticketing machines aims at cutting down the staff of the roadways, which is now in the red economically.