DELHI (Metro Rail News): On December 24, Datamatics Global Services – AEP Ticketing Solutions (DM-AEP-26A JV) was issued an Rs. 227 crore contract for the EMV-based open loop Automated Fare Collection (AFC) system for the 82.15 km Delhi – Meerut RRTS Line (Package 26A).
This new semi-high-speed line will support QR Code ticketing (both digital and paper QR) as well as EMV (Europay, Mastercard, Visa) open-loop contactless card ticketing based on NCMC (National Common Mobility Card) standards using a contactless bank card, phone, or smartcard.
Riders will be able to utilise QR code tickets purchased at ticket vending machines, ticketing booths, or produced digitally on the NCRTC’s mobile app or website. For entrance to the executive lounge and boarding the Alstom trains’ Business Class coach, Business Class passengers must validate twice on the concourse level and again on the platform level.
The Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM), the first of its type for AFCs in India, invited tenders for this package in May 2021. NCRTC would hire a system integrator (Package 26A) and a financial institution (Package 26B) to issue and acquire services.
In September, technical bids for 26A were opened, revealing five bidders, three of whom were disqualified.
- DM – AEP – 26A JV – Qualified
- Aurionpro – SC Soft JV – Qualified
- Asis – Paycraft JV – Disqualified
- Revenue Collection Systems France SAS – Disqualified
- Shellinfosg Global Digital Technologies – Analogics Tech India JV – Disqualified
Contract Value: Rs. 227 Cr
Design, Supply, Installation, Testing & Commissioning, and Comprehensive Annual Maintenance Contract of EMV based Open Loop Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) System for Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor of NCRTC are some of the scopes for the project.
Package 16 (2 lots): 2000 MT of 1080 Grade Head-Hardened and 4000 MT of regular 880 Grade rails within Duhai Depot, Modipuram Depot and Jangpura Stabling Yard – 2 bids were received for Lot-1 and one bid for Lot-2 (bidder names are unknown)
Datamatics had previously won AFC contracts for the Mumbai Metro’s Line-2A, 2B, and Line-7, as well as the Lucknow Metro’s Line-1. Technical bids for RRTS’ Package 26B, which involves selecting a financial institution, are set to begin on January 11.