Passengers in Delhi will be able to buy bus tickets and use the same cards to ride the metro. This is consistent with the efforts being made by the Delhi government to link its system to the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC).
In the future, more transit choices will be added to improve convenience. The public will have access to NCMC-compliant card purchase alternatives through the transport department. If all goes according to plan, the department will be able to carry it out in three months, according to an official in the transport department.
Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot stated that the project would shortly be launched after the technical assessment of the bids received was finished. This project intends to enhance digitization and maybe bring together different transit operators on a single platform in the future, in addition to electronically integrating the public transportation payment system.
During the project’s first phase, 7,500 buses will have electronic ticketing machines (ETMs) installed, and smart NCMC cards will be available for ticket purchases. It is intended to make NCMC cards usable for offline payments on multimodal transportation. Once finished, this integrated platform would link many forms of transportation, including buses, the metro, and maybe cars and cabs as well, providing travelers with a more comfortable trip.
The potential for theft is anticipated to be eliminated by this all-digital system. The ETMs will also provide pink tickets, which would let women travel for free. The bus system in Delhi is the most extensively utilized mode of public transportation in the city, with 3.3 million people served daily on average by its 7,000 DTC and DIMTS buses.
The transport department’s route optimization research and the implementation of digital ticketing are complementary, offering important data about the precise number of passengers on particular routes at any given moment.