Ahmedabad city buses to have GPS, explosives sensors

July 29th, 2008 - 9:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Ahmedabad, July 29 (IANS) Ahmedabad’s bus service, targeted in Saturday’s serial bombings, may soon install on its buses tracking device technology of the global position system (GPS) and would consider some other measures like sensors to detect explosives. Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) chairman Pravinbhai Patel said a demonstration of the technique will be held here Wednesday.

“Initially it is proposed to install the system in about 100 buses” plying on selected routes, Patel told IANS Tuesday.

The fleet strength of AMTS is 900.

At least one of the 21 coordinated blasts Saturday evening, which killed at least 50 people, had targeted the bus service with a tiffin box crude bomb.

Asked whether the AMTS would consider deploying “sensors” on buses that can detect the presence of any hidden objects, Patel said authorities would examine whether such devices could be fitted as part of the GPS and security system.

He said a central wireless communication system has also been installed to receive messages about any suspicious objects inside buses.

He added that drivers and conductors have been directed to thoroughly check buses for any object before they move out of depots and when they return.

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