Sajha to install smart pay devices on its buses

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Feb 5, 2017-Sajha Yatayat is introducing Smart Travel Card (STC)--an electronic pre-paid card--for the commuters from next week. The STC system has been installed on 10 of its buses that ply on Valley roads, according to the cooperative.

Though Sajha had announced in August 2015 that it would introduce the system on its two dozen buses, the plan was abandoned at the time due to technical glitches. 

There was no turning back this time around, as the new system has been installed, said Mahendra Raj Pandey, acting chief executive officer of Sajha Yatayat. He added that they would distribute e-prepaid card to the passengers beginning next week.

Each Sajha bus will have two STC reading machines installed--one at the entry door and the other at the exit. The passengers will have to swipe the card twice--while entering the bus and making exit, according to Pandey, explaining, “The card reader will automatically calculate the distance travelled and deduct the fare.” 

Nepal Bank Ltd has got the responsibility of installing the system. Card holders can top up the balance at the Sajha Cooperative offices. According to Sajha, the e-card is multipurpose one and can be used at department stores, restaurants and movie theatres. The card costs Rs150.

Sajha officials said the STC system would gradually be installed on all 46 buses of its fleet based on the response from 10 buses. Sajha is currently operating 38 buses on the routes in the Valley and eight on four routes outside the Capital.

Published: 05-02-2017 08:17

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