Common Mobility likely to be introduced from January 1, 2018If all goes all, Delhiites may see a common mobility card for Delhi Metro
and DTC buses coming into effect from January 1, 2018
. The card will provide seamless commute between the Delhi Metro and the buses operated by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). Initially, commuters will be able to use the smart cards on a select number of buses, but the facility will be later extended to all DTC and cluster buses run by Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS). As per the plan, while boarding the bus, a commuter will have to give this card to the conductor, who will swipe it in an e-ticketing machine and, just before getting off the vehicle, he or she will again have to swipe the card in the ETM and fares will be automatically deducted like the Metro, reports Times of India.
Delhi’s transport minister, Kailash Gahlot said, “It has been our intention to launch the scheme in January and a lot of work has been done in the past two to three months. Three meetings were held recently with all the stakeholders. Many issues, including that of connectivity, coordination between DTC and DMRC etc. have been resolved.” The idea of a common mobility card, to provide a seamless travel between different modes of transport, was conceptualized way back in 2010 on the lines of similar cards available in the public transport systems in cities such as London, Hong Kong, and Seoul. A brainchild of the then urban development ministry, it was planned to have a single card for seamless travel for all public transport including Metro, bus, taxis, auto-rickshaws, and even to pay at the parking lots. But the project has been hanging ever since.
The common card was to be launched last year but was delayed. As per media reports, the trials to swipe Metro cards in the ETMs had also been conducted in October last year, but the project could not take off. “Hopefully by January 1, 2018, this facility will be operational in DTC buses. We are very positive on this. What is required is the infrastructure, a system which enables you to connect. This basic facility has been provided by DMRC. We incorporated this into our Phase III project and now our system is capable. DTC is on board on this and they need to install a machine on their buses,” DMRC managing director Mangu Singh told TOI.
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