There have been times when we plan to travel within the city using public transport. But because of the tedious bus route and time constraints, we often hop on to an autorickshaw or use our own vehicle.
These may be a thing of the past as Maargamitra, an online public transport planner, was launched here on Monday. You may have to log on to http://planyourtrip.civil.iisc.ernet.in.
Its purpose is to help you plan the most cost effective as well as the shortest trip between locations. At present, it gives information about the services of Bangalore Metropolitan Corporation’s Big-10(G), Vayu/Vajra(V), Vajra(V) and Metro Reach-1 services.
It will give details of the journey, including the distance to walk, waiting time as well as the cost and approximate travel time. It also displays the chosen route on a map.
The idea is to facilitate pedestrians and those who travel by bus.
It was planned and designed by the Civil Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). They first mapped a route from the IISc. to M.G. Road.
Principle investigator Ashish Verma, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, along with his team of three research associates, six summer interns from IIT Kharagpur, NIT Nagpur, M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, and two Master’s students from Chandra Sekhar Azad Institute of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur, took two years to complete the project.
Dr. Verma said that the Maargamitra team hopes to incorporate the estimation of travel time in about six months, and provide information about autorikshaws and buses within a year. Also, as they receive funds, the Maargamitra team hopes to develop a phone app, allowing users to plan on the go trips, and to easily adjust their plans.
Source - The Hindu