Delhi unveils common fare card for public transport
Travel on Delhi Metro and its feeder buses just got more easier today with the launch of common mobility card 'More Delhi', which can also be used in DTC buses and taxis across the national capital in the coming months.delhi Updated: Aug 11, 2012 17:28 IST
Travel on Delhi Metro and its feeder buses just got more easier today with the launch of common mobility card 'More Delhi', which can also be used in DTC buses and taxis across the national capital in the coming months.
'More Delhi', a card which aims at making travel in Delhi cashless, can be used by commuters for travel on Metro trains and select feeder buses to start with.
In the next six months, the card, which will slowly replace the Delhi Metro's most-famous Smart Cards, can be used on Delhi Transport Corporation buses, taxis and parking lots in the capital.
'More Delhi' is part of the Union Urban Development Ministry's long-term plans to come out with a single card for travel across the country.
Launching the card, Union Urban Development Secretary Sudhir Krishna said in the Phase-II, the 'More Delhi' card can be used anywhere across the country for travel on Metro trains.
Existing smart card users can also travel on feeder buses using their contact-less cards, which automatically becomes a smart card.
"Eventually, we will be selling 'More cards' and not 'Smart cards'," Delhi Metro chief Mangu Singh said.
65% of the 18 lakh metro passengers are estimated to use smart cards every day.
Krishna said talks with the Delhi government on the issue of allowing 'More cards' on their buses are on. "We expect that these cards would be used on buses in the next five to six months," he said.
The feeder buses and other vehicles which will accept the card will have hand-held devices which have been developed with a dedicated software at a low cost for the purpose.