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Common cards still a non-starter

delhi Updated: Sep 10, 2012 01:27 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
Hindustan Times
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The country’s first common mobility card was introduced by the Union government with an intention to allow people to use various transport facilities without having to buy tickets. A month on, however, nothing has been done to take the service beyond the Delhi Metro and 10 feeder buses.

At the time of the card’s much-delayed launch on August 11, the urban development secretary, Sudhir Krishna, said it could soon be used to travel on all Metro feeder buses, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) vehicles, cluster buses, taxis, the Rapid Metro in Gurgaon and HoHo buses.

"In a few months, we will make this functional in the public transport systems in other major cities," he had said. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/9/10-09-12-pg-03a.jpg

This, however, seems unlikely despite the huge demand for More cards among users of the Metro feeder buses and those using select parking lots.

“The cards have become popular among the users of the 10 feeder buses plying on routes connecting Shastri Park and Mayur Vihar Phase 3 Metro stations, covering areas like Akshardham, Mayur Vihar Phase I and Vasundhara Enclave,” said an official of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

“There is so far no progress in the project,” said a source in the urban development ministry.

According to DTC officials, the work to install devices for cashless transactions has not yet started. No provision has been made yet to connect the card system with other modes of transport.

“Forget integrating all the modes of transport through common mobility card, we could not even put the electronic ticketing machine (ETM) in place in DTC buses due to unresolved issues related to revenue sharing,” said a transport department official.

Similar is the case of Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System (DIMTS)-run cluster buses. “Though ETM is functional in our buses, there is no progress in introducing the common mobility card system. It does not seem to be in place in cluster buses in the near future,” said a spokesperson of DIMTS, a joint venture between the Delhi government and the Infrastructure Development Finance Company Ltd.