Keeping in mind the expanding city limits, the Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Services (AMTS), with a draft budget of Rs 529 crore, plans to start bus operations on circular and anti-circular routes on the outer ring road.

While ticketing through mobile apps is under testing, a business intelligence system and 50 electric vehicles are also proposed to be introduced in the year 2022-23. At present, AMTS has no electric bus that is operational.

The draft annual budget of AMTS tabled Thursday with a marginal increase from Rs 523 crore to Rs 529 crore proposes an increase in the number of private managed buses from 708 to 848. Only 40 buses will be managed by AMTS, which is a decline from the existing 50 buses.

A system similar to the existing Jan Yatra app, which is being used in the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), is under testing for AMTS buses. The Intelligent Transit Management System (ITMS) data collected will analyse performance of each bus on all parameters, including over-speeding and break- downs, will be available in order to take timely action, an AMTS officer said.

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With 800 on-road buses, the utilisation will be 90 percent from a fleet of 888 buses. At present, a fleet of 570 buses is operational un- der AMTS and 300 non air conditioned CNG-run buses would be added to this fleet.

After a demand and feasibility survey, the circular and anti-circular routes will be added on the outer ring road not covered under the routes yet, the AMTS draft budget tabled Thursday stated.

Also, the renovation of Lal Darwaza bus terminus to give it a heritage look will be completed this year.

Proposals for a new bus terminus in Chandkheda near Sarthi bungalows in the western part of the city and near Bhakti circle in Nikol in the eastern part are also included in the budget. The AMTS also plans to offer advanced training to drivers and conductors in coordination with the Regional Transport Office (RTO), western India Automobile Association (WIAA) and city traffic police.

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