Transport Minister to launch new common mobility card today
NEW DELHI: Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot will launch the new common mobility card of Delhi on Monday at Rajghat Cluster Bus Depot in the presence of DMRC's MD Mangu Singh. According to Transport Department official, "The ONE card with the tagline 'One Delhi, One Ride' captures the vision of Delhi government to provide a seamless, convenient public transport system for the people of Delhi. It also captures the ethos of Delhi – of multiplicity and one-ness."
"Delhi has been and continues to be a melting pot of people and cultures. And all this is tied together by what we know as the Delhi spirit. The ONE card does the same. It brings together the diverse people from all parts of Delhi and helps them get to their destinations through a seamless public transport system," the official said.
In the last January, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had already launched 'India's first Common Mobility Card in Delhi. Delhi Metro commuters are now travelling seamlessly in metro as well as in buses by using the same smart cards. The DMRC Smart Card can be used by tapping the smart card on the Electronic Ticketing Machines (ETMs) available with bus conductors. Smart cards can be purchased from any Delhi Metro stations. 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 2,000.
Currently, bus fares in Delhi for non-AC buses are Rs five, Rs 10 and Rs 15. There is a flat fare of Rs 5 for travel in non-AC DTC and cluster buses for travel up to five kms. Fare slab for travel in AC buses is between Rs 10 and Rs 25.
On average, 30 lakh passengers use the services of stage carriage buses (DTC 3,882 and cluster 1,679). However, the use of Metro card in realising the fares through ETMs will save expenditure on printing of tickets of different denominations, stocking the tickets at central place and on their distributions to various depots, etc.