Now, use your metro card for 'seamless travel' in Delhi
NEW DELHI: In a bid to make the bus and metro journey easier for the citizens, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday launched a common mobility card (CMC) for the riders, terming it a big step in the city's transport sector.
Delhi is the first city in the country to have a common mobility card, which can at present be used in 200 DTC and 50 cluster buses plying on different routes, apart from metro trains. "Its a big step in the transport sector that will facilitate the seamless travel of people in Delhi," said the Chief Minister.
This card, which will function like a debit card, will be operational in all DTC and cluster buses from April 1. The city has around 3,900 DTC and over 1,600 cluster buses. During the trial, by tapping the Metro card on an Electronic Ticketing Machine or ETM in a bus, a ticket would be generated, which would also reveal the balance in the passenger's Metro card.
Currently, ETMs are used by conductors in buses to issue tickets. The money deducted from commuters' Metro cards will go to Delhi Metro Rail Corp (DMRC), which issues the Metro cards. The money will be later transferred to the Delhi government.
Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot was also present for the launch of the pilot project. He said that after the trial period, a new card would be designed which would have both DMRC and Delhi government etched on it. Commuters would be able to purchase and recharge these cards at all Metro stations, railway stations, airports, Inter State Bus Terminals and DTC bus pass counters.
"Smart cards can be purchased from any Delhi Metro station. The minimum amount payable at the time of purchase of a new card is Rs 150 including refundable security of Rs 50. Subsequent recharge of the card can be done at Customer Care Centres of any station with a minimum value of Rs 200 and up to Rs 2000. The electronic value of Smart Card shall not be refunded," said an official.
"Delhi government and DMRC jointly agreed to authorize the Smart Card of Delhi Metro to be used as CMCs in DTC and Cluster buses as payment of the bus fares. Reserve Bank of India has given approval to DMRC in February 2017 for operating its pre-paid instrument called PPI-MTS (Prepaid Instrument – Mass Transit System) for this purpose. DMRC smart card is the first to get authorization under this category," said a senior official.