State Bank of India Becomes Sole Bidder for Agra Metro’s Automatic Fare Collection Contract

SBI to Design and Install Open Loop EMV NCMC Card-based AFC System for Agra Metro Phase 1

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AFC system/Representational image, Photo by: Rohit Padole

AGRA (Metro Rail News): The State Bank of India (SBI) has become the sole bidder for Package AGAFC-01, the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) contract for the Agra Metro Phase 1 project. The Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) will be using a public-private partnership (PPP) model for this systems contract, with the selected contractor being responsible for designing, manufacturing, supplying, installing, testing, and commissioning an end-to-end Open Loop EMV (RuPay/Master/Visa) NCMC card-based AFC system, along with QR code-based ticketing.

All devices will be connected to a central back-office AFC system. This is a retender, with the initial bidding process in July 2022 receiving zero bids by December of the same year. The work period for this retender is set at 1050 days. The scope of the project includes the design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of the open-loop EMV NCMC card and QR code-based AFC system on a PPP basis for the Agra Metro Project. In case UPMRC is not content with SBI’s offer, the package will undergo a retender. On the other hand, if UPMRC is satisfied with SBI’s bid, it will proceed to a technical evaluation that could take up to a month to complete.

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