The Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) is all set to introduce electronic ticketing machines.
The automated ticketing system will replace manual tickets at ticket counters and by bus conductors during travel.
Bus conductors will be given hand-held ETMs.
Managing director of ASTC Anand Prakash Tiwari said the process to replace the existing system with the “integrated electronic ticketing system” is targeted to be completed within the next six months.
He said Trimax IT Infrastructure and Services Limited, which has implemented similar projects in other states, has been selected as the service provider for designing, development, implementation, operation, maintenance and management of integrated electronic ticketing solution for intra and inter-city bus services of the ASTC.
Tiwari said Trimax has formed a consortium with Travelyaari — an online portal for booking bus tickets — and Yes Bank for this project.
He said the details of every ticket issued by the ETMs will be stored in the ASTC server, reports The Telegraph.
“The real-time updation of ticket sales by linking the ticketing machines with the ASTC server will ensure that there is no manipulation in ticket sales. This will plug revenue leakage,” Tiwari said.
The ASTC already has a tie-up with redBus for online booking of bus tickets.