Posted On : 26 Feb, 2019
Mangaluru, February 26, 2019 : From now on, people availing the services of private buses in and around Mangaluru will get to know the arrival time of their bus, track the vehicle and also locate stops closest to them from where they could board the bus.
'Chalo App', a unique application that is used in Ola Cabs, has been introduced for private buses that run in the city. Using the app, one can track bus routes, and arrival time of buses so that passengers can board the buses where they want to. The app ‘Chalo’ is developed by Zophop Technologies Private Limited in association with Dakshina Kannada Bus Operators Association.
As stated by Dilraj Alva, president of the association, 320 city buses out of 350 buses have been installed with GPS and passengers could track their movement and location on real time. Chalo integrates all the private buses in the city into a single live-tracking system and comprises a journey planner tool.
With the launch of this app, passengers will no longer have to wait at the bus stand for a bus to their preferred destination, rather sit at the comfort of their houses or track a bus from any given location, find out its arrival time and reach the nearest bus stand as shown in the app accordingly, he said.
The app, which was on the Beta version for trial since the last few weeks, has gone live now and could be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. Chalo is already operational in major cities across the country.
District Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil S said introduction of the app assumes significance as management of public transport by private players in Mangaluru is one of the most discussed topics here. He said the app will bring transparency in issue of tickets and also help maintain a healthy relationship between passengers and conductors/drivers.
He suggested the bus owners association to introduce rating on lines of e-shopping and e-transport so passengers could rate the services. This, he said, will increase the morale of drivers and conductors on giving good services and also help passengers form a good opinion about private bus services.