New Delhi: Taking an important decision to make bus travel hi-tech and simple in Delhi, the Delhi Cabinet has approved 10 per cent discount on fares for the passengers of DTC and cluster buses on the purchase of bus tickets through the Contactless Ticketing Mobile App. . The Delhi government has taken this step with the intention of encouraging and benefiting the people using public transport in Delhi. The trial of the Delhi government’s contactless ticketing app is being done through a specially constituted task force.
According to the information received by the Transport Department of the Government of Delhi, according to the data that has been revealed in this trial being conducted in Delhi from July 2020, till now 6 percent of the total tickets purchased have been purchased through the app. Apart from e-ticketing, this app also gives information about the estimated time of arrival (ETA) of buses and available EV charging stations nearby. Passengers can book Pass and Pink tickets during their journey inside the bus through this app by scanning the QR code, selecting the mode of payment of the ticket and the destination stop. The app is available in both English and Hindi languages.
There are total 6750 buses in Delhi including DTC and Cluster buses. In this, an average of 49 lakh passengers travel daily. The Transport Department says that in view of the Kovid epidemic, app-based ticket purchase is being promoted to ensure that there is minimum contact between passengers and bus staff while buying tickets. Now monitoring and tracking is being done in all the buses from the Centralized Control Center. In such a situation, booking tickets through the app will facilitate data management and monitoring. E-ticketing will also save the cost of printing of tickets, storage system etc. The Transport Department hopes that app-based ticketing will also provide a better passenger on-boarding data. Which can be used to improve the routes of buses and better services for the passengers.
Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot said that the Delhi government has been trying to bring new changes in the public transport sector since the last few years. This decision of the government is a welcome step in view of the Kovid epidemic. This will ensure that there is minimum contact between the passengers and the bus staff while buying the ticket. Kailash Gehlot said that when we launched the Common Mobility Card in 2018, we saw that a large number of private car users started using public transport. The incentives we are providing through e-ticketing app and common mobility card will make it easier for Delhiites to use public transport services. This will motivate more and more people to use public transport services.
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