An App to help Colombo commuters

Published : 9:00 am  September 14, 2017 | No comments so far |  | 

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  • Pilot project conducted in Kandy and the results were sufficient to implement it in Colombo

 


LATE-CITY-DM-1By Thilanka Kanakarathna

A mobile travel application is to be introduced by the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development in a bid to further reduce traffic congestion and facilitate convenient travelling to the ordinary passenger.


Minister Champika Ranawaka explained it as a cloud application which could be downloaded to smart devices allowing the public to be aware of traffic congestion in the area as well other information such as bus time tables.


The Ministry aimed to pull out passengers before or after peak hours to reduce congestion at the time. 


“People can save time and fuel by doing this,” he said.


A pilot project had already been conducted in Kandy and the results and experience gained through the project was sufficient to implement the same in Colombo.


He also said that the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Department of the Moratuwa University had developed the application.Ranawaka said students had already allowed the Ministry to use their inventions and the ministry was in the process of analysing if these could be applied to a new system.

 

 Moratuwa University’s Transport Department Professor Amal Kumarage said the project was implemented under the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena after the pilot project was successful in Kandy.

 

Meanwhile, speaking to the Daily Mirror Moratuwa University’s Transport Department Professor Amal Kumarage said the project was implemented under the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena after the pilot project was successful in Kandy.


He said at the moment the University students are planning the models and the applications for the project. He said with the newest initiative, mostly the public transport users, would be benefited as they could easily access the bus time tables, traffic conditions and the exact time to leave the home without loitering in the streets. 

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