Public transport users in Delhi can look forward to a new year gift - a common mobility card that will work both in Delhi Metro and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses. According to sources in the Delhi government's transport department, initially commuters will be able to use the smart cards on a select number of buses, and the facility will be later extended to all DTC and cluster buses run by Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS)

"It has been our intention to launch the scheme in January and a lot of work has been done in the past two to three months. Three meetings were held recently with all the stakeholders," said Delhi's transport minister, Kailash Gahlot. "Many issues, including that of connectivity, coordination between DTC and DMRC etc. have been resolved."

"Hopefully by January 1, 2018, this facility will be operational in DTC buses," DMRC managing director Mangu Singh told. "We are very positive on this. What is required is the infrastructure, a system which enables you to connect. This basic facility has been provided by DMRC," he said. "We incorporated this in our Phase III project and now our system is capable. DTC is on board on this and they need to install a machine on their buses."

The common mobility card project has been pending for a long time. It will be on the lines of similar cards available for using public transport in cities like London, Hong Kong and Seoul. The idea was mooted for Delhi first in 2010 and has been hanging fire since then. The card was to be launched in July last year.

DTC had conducted trials last year to check how the cards would work in its buses. DTC has installed ETMs in its buses which will be able to read the cards and provide an e-receipt.

The Delhi government has been keen to extend the use of Delhi Metro's smart card to its buses with the aim of making 'one city, one card' a reality.


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