KSRTC, C-DAC spat over software; Public information sharing disrupted
Thiruvananthapuram: The sharing of public information about the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus timings, routes, stopes etc through smartphones has been halted due to an ongoing conflict between KSRTC and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). The issue is under consideration of the court and public needs to wait till the issue is resolved to get information.
KSRTC entrusted C-DAC to develop the software by giving all relevant data. The monitoring of the project was given to the IDPC division of KSRTC. The computerisation of KSRTC was also handled by the same department.
The conflict started after the software developed by C-DAC malfunctioned when used in the low-quality GPS bought by KSRTC. By putting the blame on the software, KSRTC plans to take legal action against C-DAC.
KSRTC has also requested C-DAC to return the data provided by them and failing to do so may lead to paying back the bank guarantee given in advance. In the wake of these events, C-DAC also filed a case in court.
C-DAC created the software on the basis of the purchase order and without any payment. As of now, the software is not active, said C-DAC officials.
It was later found that the issue is with the GPS. However, KSRTC hasn’t confirmed this. In the meantime, KSRTC is struggling with its ongoing projects and acquisitions. The plan to buy ticket machines has failed to make any significant gains for the last two years.