Date of Post: 21 Dec, 2017
New Delhi: A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) involving the DTC, the DMRC & the DIMTS (Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System) Ltd will be signed on December 26 to roll out common mobility card for metro rail & bus services, possibly from January 1 2018, a Delhi government officer said. The scheme for the use of Delhi Metro’s smart card to travel in 200 Delhi Transport Corporation & 50 cluster buses is expected to commence from January 1.
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- The official said,”A memorandum of understanding (MoU) involving the DTC, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the DMITS will be signed on December 26.”
- A fleet of over 1,600 buses is run by the DIMTS under the Cluster scheme.
- The DTC runs around 3,900 buses.
- A source said, the Finance department of the Delhi government has given its approval for procurement of more secure access module (SAM) chips to be fitted with ticketing machines of cluster scheme buses.
- The source said,”All the cluster buses are expected to come under the ambit of common mobility in next 2-3 months. The DTC too has been asked to make preparations for the same.”
The SAM Chip
- The common mobility will be facilitated through use of the SAM chip to be fitted with ETMs (Electronic Ticketing Machines) used by bus conductors to issue paper tickets to the passengers.
- The chips are a kind of smartcard installed permanently in the equipment interacting with the cards or tickets used to enhance the security & cryptography performance in devices to perform secure transactions in paying terminals.
- Over 70% of its daily commuters who numbered over 27 lakh as per September 2017 data, used smart cards for travel, DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) sources said.
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