From August You Can Use Your Metro Smart Card In Buses

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From the coming August and Delhiites will enjoy a new service as now the people from the Delhi will be able to use their Metro smart cards to travel in Delhi Transportation Corporation (DTC) and cluster buses. The Delhi government has started a new project named as “pilot project” under which 200 buses — 100 DTC and 100 cluster ones — will be enabled to accept Delhi Metro’s smart cards.

As per the government official notification, if the pilot project works out to be a successful one, then the government plans to extend the facility to all buses operated by DTC and Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) that runs cluster services.

The job of the metro card is all same its like ‘common mobility card’, on the lines of similar facilities available in the public transport system in cities such as London, Hong Kong and Seoul, was conceptualised in 2010. Previously the project got delayed for the multiple times as it was almost final to be launched in July 2016 but got postponed yet again.

Several trials has been done by DTC last year to conduct the check how the cards would work in its buses. It has also installed electronic ticketing machines (ETM) in its buses to read the mobility card and provide an e-receipt. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Transport (DMRC) officials said the software used by them  had been successfully integrated with the system at DTC and cluster buses.

An official said- “All the modalities for the successful working of the common mobility card have been worked out. We plan to start the pilot project by mid-August,”

Sources said the issue had been sorted out now. The authorities have also solved the issue of sharing of revenue. And if the said issues get hampered then the integration process will be refunded. There were apprehensions that commuters might top-up their cards from DTC and then get a refund from DMRC, which would result in revenue loss for the Metro.

A DMRC spokesperson said that “The statutory clearance has been obtained by DMRC from RBI to make the common mobility card operational. At present, the integration process is in progress with the transport department.”

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