Get ready to experience world-class travelling on Delhi’s buses.
On the line of the Metro’s automatic fare collection system, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) is also introducing smart cards, a pre-loaded card to pay fares in place of fare tokens, for its buses.
The commuter will have to tap the card at the smart card validator, installed near both doors of the buses, while boarding the bus and again while alighting from the bus.
“The fare will be deducted from the card on the basis of the kilometres travelled by the commuter with the help of GPS technology,” Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said.
Thirty conductors are being trained to run the show on six buses. Those who do not wish to buy smart cards or occasional commuters on the route can travel on normal tickets. Senior transport officials said in due course of time conductors will be removed from buses.
“About 40-45 per cent of our total collection from buses goes for the salaries of the conductors,” said Delhi transport commissioner R.K.Verma.
DTC has 10,000 conductors.
“These employees are put on various duties. We will be hiring 7,000 more for the Commonwealth Games. As and when he start installing these machines, conductors will be put on other duties such as supervision and enforcement,” said a senior DTC official.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will launch these buses on November 24.
Once the pilot project is successful, said Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, the system will be replicated on all DTC buses.
“We are ultimately aiming at a common smart card for DTC buses, Delhi Metro and other mass rapid transit systems (such as light rail transit and monorail).”
Cities such as London, Paris, Singapore and several others in the US, Australia and Europe have such common smart cards.
Smart cards, which will come for a security deposit of Rs 50, will be available at bus depots in Sector 8 of Dwarka and with conductors of these buses. The cards can be topped up in denominations of Rs 50, both at the bus depot and by the conductor in each bus.
In case the commuter does not tap the card again, a flat fine of Rs 25 would be deducted from his card. The conductor will also keep an eye whether commuters tap the card or not. DTC officials said mobile teams with hand-held machines can also check if the commuter tapped the card or not.