Delhi metro chief Mangu Singh on Sunday mentioned tthe automated fare assortment system within the upcoming Phase-IV traces of the Delhi Metro will be absolutely compliant with the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC), and commuters will additionally be capable of use a mobile telephone to enter or exit a station on its corridors. Asserting that Delhi Metro is a “modern metro system” akin to the very best on the planet, he additionally mentioned that these two services is perhaps rolled out on the Airport Express Line by the top of this yr.
Dubbed as ‘One Nation One Card’, the inter-operable transport card would enable the holders to additionally pay their toll taxes, parking fees, retail procuring and even withdraw cash.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2019 had launched the indigenously-developed NCMC to allow folks to pay a number of sorts of transport fees, together with for metro and bus providers throughout the nation, by means of a typical card.
Singh mentioned the ability to make use of mobile phones to enter or exit automated fare assortment (AFC) gates, can be found in main fashionable fashionable programs in numerous nations, together with within the Seoul Metro.
“We are working to continuously improve our system, with better technological and other interventions, to improve our rolling stocks and energy efficiency. In Ph-IV, our AFC system will fully accept the national common mobility cards, which can be used in any cities,” he informed new company PTI.
“Also, a mobile phone will effectively work as smart card, and riders will be able to use to enter or exit the AFC gates, in Ph-IV lines,he added.
Underlining that e-payment system and technology are fast-evolving and by the time the Ph-IV work is complete, new technologies may emerge, Singh said, “But, we’ve been engaged on it for fairly a while, and the services of NCMC and entry and exit utilizing mobile phones is perhaps accessible by the top of this yr on the Airport Express Line.”
Currently, riders on the Airport Express Line can also enter or exit AFC gates using a QR code on mobile phone that has to be collected from a mertro counter, but the future plan is to have a system whereby commuters can generate their own QR codes on phones and enter through AFC gates using that facility, the top official said.
The DMRC chief said, these two facilities will be first available on the brand new lines to be built under Ph-IV, and hopefully by the time the construction is over, the corridors to be built under this phase as extensions of existing lines, would “even be upgraded” for compliance.
Asked if old smart cards will work in Ph-IV lines, he said, “Yes.”
The Union Cabinet, in a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, in March last year had approved three out of the six corridors of the Delhi Metro’s proposed phase IV.
Under approved segment of Phase-IV, 61.679-km of new metro lines shall be constructed across three different corridors comprising 45 metro stations. These new sections shall provide interconnectivity among the already operational lines of the Delhi Metro.
According to the government, the Mukundpur-Maujpur, R K Ashram-Janakpuri West and Aerocity-Tughlakabad corridors were approved by the Cabinet.
The other three proposed corridors of Phase-IV which have not yet been approved by the Union Cabinet are Rithala-Bawana-Narela, Inderlok-Indraprastha and Lajpat Nagar-Saket G Block.
After a long wait, work had begun on the construction of Delhi Metro’s Phase-IV project with a groundbreaking ceremony held at Haider Badli Mor here on December 30 last year.
And, with that piling work had begun for construction of 10 stations of 28.92-km Janakpuri West-R K Ashram Marg corridor, which is an extension of the Magenta Line and will have a total of 22 stations.
Asked about the status of construction of stations under Ph-IV, Singh said, tenders have been floated and finalised for all the major elevated sections.
The DMRC chief said Ph-IV work has been affected by the COVID-19 situation but the ongoing project will get delayed only by a couple of months and the therefore “will not entail a lot value escalation”.
“Individual tasks have longer timelines, so impression would not be a lot. And, building work has not been affected actually as funding for such tasks comes from JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) loans. Also, 80-90 labourers are again after that they had moved again to their native locations because of the pandemic,” he said.
“So, work is occurring in full swing now,” Singh asserted.
On the status of three remaining corridors of Ph-IV, he said, “at present there’s a setback to all new tasks, so far as central authorities is anxious, so we count on some delay in getting the sanctions”.
“If sanction occurs in a yr’s time say, however we’re maintaining ourselves prepared by then with the design and detailing. Also, from time of approval, work will start in one-and-a-half yr time, and completion time more likely to be two-and-a-half years from then,” he said.
The Ph-4 project will see many highs and several firsts for the DMRC, including the first-ever metro bridge over Yamuna to be built using the cantilever construction technique, and the highest point in the DMRC system, at Haiderpur Badli Mor, where the viaduct level is going to be at 28 m.
(With PTI inputs)