New Delhi: It is good news to commuters of Delhi Metro and DTC buses that now they can use a common smart card to travel on Metro as well as buses in Delhi NCR.
The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), Integrated Multimodal Transport System of Delhi (DIMTS) and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) jointly launched the common mobility card on monday as a pilot project. This facility will currently be available in 250 – 200 DTCs and 50 cluster buses, the government expects to cover the entire network by April 2018.
Launching the pilot project, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said public transport users could travel smoothly between the Delhi subway and the buses. Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh, DTC President and CEO Sandeep Kumar and Delhi General Secretary Anshu Prakash were also present at the event.
The 250 buses – 50 cluster buses of the Bahadur Marg Band Bus Station and 100 DTC buses each of Raj Ghat Depot-I and Rohini Depot-I – have electronic emission machines (ETM) equipped with secure access modules They allow them to access the subway cards. The electronic boards installed on these buses will inform passengers about the availability of this facility. A lot of these buses start at places near Kashmere Gate ISBT.
While those who travel daily will now have to recharge their cards at subway stations, the government plans to provide smart cards at all ISBTs, train stations and tourist information centers in Delhi.