Delhi govt launches common card for bus, metro rides

Taking a big step in the transport sector, Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday launched a common card for paying fares at Delhi Metro and in DTC busses. With this Delhi has become the first city of the country to have such a common card to be used for two different kinds of transports.

At first, along with the use in Delhi Metro, passengers will be able to use the common card at 200 DTC and 50 cluster busses plying on different routes. The card facility for paying bus fared will be available in busses of DTC’s Raj Ghat Depot-I and Rohini Depot-I plying on different routes and those of Cluster scheme’s BBM depot-II.

For rest of the DTC busses the card will made operational from April 1. Right now the city has 3900 DTC busses and more than 1600 busses under cluster scheme. The approval in this regard to DMRC was given by RBI in February 2017 last year.

How the common card can be used in busses?

Passengers holding common card will have to hand over the card to bus conductor. The conductor will be having a machine called Electronic Ticketing Machine (ETM) and the smart card will be tapped in the ETM to pay the fare.

From where to Purchase Smart Card?

Initially such smart cards will be available to purchase at all Delhi metro stations. Later on these will be made available at all the ISBTs, railway stations and tourist information centres of the Delhi tourism department.

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