Delhi (Metro Rail News): DMRC in its ongoing efforts to implement the indigenously developed National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) across the entire Delhi Metro network, Delhi Metro has signed a contract with a consortium to implement the NCMC as well as upgrade the entire ecosystem, which includes the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system, which will also enable travel via QR Tickets, Account-Based Tickets, and Near Field Communications (NFC) Media.
It focuses on empowering the ‘One Nation One Card Policy’ motto. The contract agreement for this Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) work for the three priority corridors (Janakpuri West – RK Ashram Marg, Majlis Park – Maujpur, and Tughalakabad – Aerocity) under Phase-IV, as well as the upgradation of existing (operational) Phase-I, II, and III Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system were awarded to a consortium of M/S Revenue Collection Systems (Thales), France SAS, and M/S Paytm Payments Bank Limited.
The introduction of the NCMC and QR tickets will allow for seamless transit across the country on metro railways and other public transportation systems and retail buying and purchases.
Passengers will also be able to use a mobile phone to enter or exit a metro station on its corridors with Mobile QR and NFC-based tickets.
The NCMC and QR code ticketing facilities are currently accessible in the Airport Express Line (23 KM) of the Delhi Metro from New Delhi to Dwarka Sec-21 (6 stations). According to the contract, by June 2023, the remaining operational corridors of the Delhi Metro will be equipped with an NCMC and QR code compatible AFC system.
According to Dr Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC, “The Implementation of NCMC along with QR Ticket (Paper QR and Mobile QR), Account-Based Ticketing (ABT) and NFC Media will push the country towards being a cashless economy. This will enable commuters to have integrated access to all public transport, and they need not to carry/purchase multiple cards for different usage. Implementation of above technology will bring DMRC at par with the leading metros worldwide. These innovations are going to herald a new era of travelling, comfort and enhanced mobility for Delhi-NCR residents.”
Mr Jean-Marc Reynaud, Vice President, Revenue Collection Systems (Thales), France SAS, stated, We are tremendously honoured to further strengthen our 20-year cooperation with DMRC with this contract, and are thrilled to join hands with PayTM Payments Bank. We are excited to be a part of this project, which will see the National Common Mobility Card implemented in accordance with the Indian government’s “One Nation, One Card” policy. Our long-term presence in India has allowed us to develop a network of strategic suppliers and brilliant engineers, enabling the government’s “Make in India” plan to become a reality and a source of strength for our operations.
We are happy to work with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Revenue Collection Systems (Thales), France SAS, to empower millions of commuters in the national capital with seamless, contactless transit, stated Mr Sajal Bhatnagar, Chief Business Officer, Paytm Payments Bank Ltd. We expect to continue working towards the digitization of the transit ecosystem in the country with smart mobility solutions with the launch of the NCMC card.”