Cuttack: The State Transport Authority (STA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) for development, management and operation of Vehicle Location Tracking (VLT) application in Odisha. The agreement was signed by Additional Commissioner Transport (Technical) Dhananjaya Senapati and Cuttack BSNL General Manager Pradeep Kumar Mallick.
Under the Nirbhaya Scheme for women’s safety, the Centre has made vehicle location tracking system mandatory for public transport vehicles and goods carriers. In accordance with the directions issued by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), the STA will implement VLT application for safety and enforcement as per AIS-140 standard to track the public transport and commercial vehicles in Odisha under the Nirbhaya framework.
Under its ‘VahanSuraksha’ model, BSNL will develop, deploy, integrate and commission a vehicle location tracking software for tracking and monitoring of vehicles covered under the project. The organisation will also develop mobile application for various stakeholders and users and commission Geographic Information System (GIS) map for vehicle location tracking system.
Speaking at the event, Transport Commissioner Arun Bothra said, “The objective of the project is to introduce a tracking system as required for implementation of central notifications for continuous monitoring of public transport vehicles for safety of passengers, better road safety and better support for enforcement services. This will also help in keeping track of public buses running as per the permit.”
A command control center is being set up in Bhubaneswar to track the vehicles plying across the state. The 24X7 integrated command centre will use both Global Positioning System (GPS)-based vehicle tracking and the GSM/GPRS channel for triggering emergency alerts. The common emergency toll lines, motor vehicles wing, the police control room and related enforcement units will be looped into a real-time data sharing network with the command centre functioning as an interface for stakeholder agencies.
“The Centre has approved vendors to fit VLT devices and panic buttons. The state will publish the standard operating procedure for empanelment of these vendors within few days. Accordingly these vendors will be empanelled and they will start affixing the devices to both new and old vehicles,” said Additional Commissioner Transport (Technical). To enhance security of women and children while travelling in public transport, the state government has made installation of VLT devices with panic button mandatory for all new commercial vehicles to be registered on or after January 1, 2023 and the vehicles registered on or before December 31, 2022 will have to comply by March 31, 2023.
Earlier in a notification, the Commerce and Transport Department had said, “As per the directions issued by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the Centre vide Notification No. S.O. 5454 (E) dated 25.10.2018, the requirements specified under rule 125H of CMVR, 1989, sub-rule 5 of rule 90 of CMVR, 1989 and sub-rule 1 of Rule 129 of CMVR, 1989 the government has been pleased to make it mandatory for fitment of Vehicle Location Tracking Device and panic buttons for the vehicle as specified under the aforesaid rules of CMVR, 1989.”
Except auto rickshaws and e-rickshaws, all passenger transport vehicles, including government and private buses, school and college buses and cabs/taxis will be equipped with VLT panic buttons for the safety of women and children. All goods vehicles operating under the strength of National Permit and all goods vehicles transporting explosive and hazardous materials have to install VLT devices.