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3,500 buses to be added to government bus fleet

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Source : The Hindu Date : 03.06.2009

3,500 buses to be added to government bus fleet

Staff Reporter

‘Bus Driving Simulator’ to impart training on driving techniques


experience on spot: Transport Minister K.N. Nehru inaugurating the bus driving simulator installed for TNSTC trainee drivers in Tiruchi on Tuesday.

TIRUCHI: A state-of-the-art ‘Bus Driving Simulator’ to impart training on right driving techniques to trainees; enhance driving skills of serving government bus drivers, and evaluate their level of competence has been installed at the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (Kumbakonam), Limited, (TNSTC), Tiruchi Region office premises here.

Developed jointly by BEML Limited, a public sector undertaking, and Zen Technologies, the simulator has a bus cut-cabin mounted on a motion platform and equipped with all gauges, controls, transmission systems and indicators found in a bus.

A software has been specially developed to recreate the typical environment in which drivers operate. Costing Rs. 1.5 crore, the simulator provides a feel of driving conditions in city, hills, cross-country and snowy terrain under different lighting, climatic and traffic conditions.

Driving scenarios of different terrains, weather, vehicles and road conditions are projected on a screen by a high-definition projector and LCD screens are used for rear view, in the indoor training system.

The simulator has three main systems—Bus Driving Training Software, Instructor Station and Driver Station. The software has been designed especially for bus simulation. The instructor controls the driver training from the Instructor Station while the trainees occupy Driver Stations.

The Instructor Station enables the instructor to alter environmental conditions and keep track of all driving parameters besides communicating with the drivers. The trainees would undergo well-structured exercises aimed at transforming them into accomplished and safe drivers.

The simulator can record and replay the entire performance of each trainee and can generate different types of reports on customized parameters that can be saved. The drivers could be tested in different forms to evaluate their level of competence.

Inaugurating the facility at the TNSTC office here, the Transport Minister, K.N. Nehru, said such simulators had been installed at three other cities other than Tiruchi.

The move to install simulators was an effort not only aimed at enhancing the skills of the existing drivers but also have good drivers in place. Appealing to the drivers to remain cautious while driving, he said accidents not only affected them and their respective families but general public as well.

Instructions had been given to conduct counselling for bus drivers once in three months to ascertain their problems and take necessary steps to rectify them, Mr. Nehru said adding that necessary works were on to check accidents in spots identified as accident- prone.

The Minister said 20,000 buses were being operated every day with the number of bus travellers being around 2 crore.

He said 3,500 new buses would be acquired shortly to augment the government bus fleet adding Tamil Nadu had the maximum number of buses in operation in the country today. Mr. Nehru distributed cash awards to government bus drivers for accident-free driving.

Collector T. Soundiah, TNSTC (Kumbakonam), managing director R. Raju, Corporation Commissioner T.T. Balsamy and Mayor (in-charge) M. Anbazhagan offered their felicitations.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2009 06:12

Trichi Airport's Rs.80-crore Integrated Terminal Operational

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Courtesy : The Hindu Date : 02.06.2009

Tiruchi airport’s Rs. 80-crore integrated terminal operational

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With 11,800 square metres of floor space, it can handle 400 passengers


Majestic: The facade of the new terminal at Tiruchi Airport. —File photo: R. Ashok; (Right) D. Devaraj, Regional Executive Director, (S.R.) Airport Authority of India.

TIRUCHI: The new Integrated Terminal Building at the Tiruchi Airport constructed at a cost of Rs. 80 crore was commissioned on Monday.

A domestic flight was operated on Sunday for trial. Henceforth, all flights will be operated from the new terminal. On an average, six to seven international flights and five domestic flights are operated daily from the airport.

With a total floor space of 11,800 square metres in the two-storey building, the terminal has a capacity to handle 400 passengers at a time. Described by officials of Airports Authority of India as of ‘international standard,’ the terminal features two aerobridges, and a provision has been made for a third aerobridge.

Additional personnel of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) have been requisitioned and necessary equipment installed over the past three months since the terminal was inaugurated to avoid further delay in commissioning it, the Regional Executive Director, Southern Region, Airports Authority of India, D. Devaraj, said, adding that the expansion of the airport was undertaken owing to increasing patronage.

To a query, Mr. Devaraj said that a decision on user charges to be collected from the airlines for Common User Terminal Equipment (CUTE) was yet to be arrived at. The possibility for utilising the existing terminal building for cargo operations would be explored, he said.

The expansion project of the Chennai Airport is expected to be completed by the end of 2010, the Regional Executive Director, Southern Region, Airports Authority of India (AAI), D. Devaraj, said on Monday. The modernisation work includes extension of the secondary runway across the Adyar river.

The outlay for the AAI Southern Region for 2009-10 has been fixed at Rs. 3,000 crore. Over the last five years modernisation works to the tune of Rs. 125 crore each have been undertaken in Tiruchi and Madurai Airports. Works amounting to Rs. 90 crore and Rs. 70 crore were in progress at Mangalore and Coimbatore airports, he said.

Responding to a question, Mr. Devaraj said that as of now, the AAI has received no proposal from any airline for making use of the Salem airport.

The airport has recorded 4.6 lakh passenger arrivals and departures during 2008-09, registering 18 per cent growth. Tiruchi airport stands first in the country in terms of rate of growth over the past five years, Airport Director S. Sreekumar said.

According to Collector T. Soundiah, 430 acres will be acquired and handed over to the AAI within six months for the airport expansion.

The AAI intends to expand the runway to 12,500 feet from the present 8,000 feet.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2009 12:21

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