Delhiites to have a Common Mobility Card for travelling in metro and buses from January 1

Delhiites to have a Common Mobility Card for travelling in metro and buses from January 1

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Date of Post: 05 Dec, 2017

New Delhi : Delhiites to get a new year gift, as the common mobility card is going to launch.

The Common Mobility Card will work both in Delhi Metro & Delhi Transportation Corporation (DTC) buses.

COMMON MOBILITY CARD

  • As per the sources of Delhi government’s transport department, initially commuters will be able to use the smart cards on a selected number of buses, and the facility will be later extended to all DTC and cluster buses run by Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS)

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  • “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,” said Delhi’s transport minister, Kailash Gahlot.
  • “Many issues, including that of connectivity, coordination between DTC and DMRC etc. have been resolved.”
  • “Hopefully by January 1, 2018, this facility will be operational in DTC buses,” DMRC managing director Mangu Singh said.
  • “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,” he said.
  • “We incorporated this in 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.”

IDEA BEHIND THE COMMON MOBILITY CARD

  • The Common Mobility Card will be on the lines of similar cards used for public transport in cities like London, Hong Kong and Seoul.
  • The idea for this card was mooted for Delhi first in 2010.
  • Last year, DTC had conducted trials to check the working of the cards in its buses.
  • DTC has installed ETMs in buses which will be able to read the cards and provide an e-receipt.
  • The Government of Delhi has been keen on extending the use of Delhi Metro’s smart card in its buses with the aim of making ‘one city, one card’ a reality.

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