The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has claimed to introduce Quick Response (QR) codes on its network to make ticketing contactless.
To upgrade its existing Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system to enable QR code, the Metro has invited Expression of Interest (EOI) from private firms.
This will in turn provide comprehensive onsite maintenance of supplied equipment and parts.
Further, metro users have to use DMRC’s travel card while commuting.
Currently, the QR code-based ticketing system is only available on the Airport line for the purpose of buying tickets.
Moreover, it also supports the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) which was launched last year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In order to upgrade ticketing technology, DMRC envisages upgrading the existing AFC system to enable the QR Code, EMV and Rupay-based open loop ticketing.
This is followed by the national common mobility card standard model as specified by ministry of housing and urban affairs.
It aims for interoperability with other operators by use of non-proprietary standards so that the interface is scalable to other networks.
However, this includes transit operator/retail outlets/parking etc in Delhi/NCR.
Previously, the Delhi metro remained close for a period of about six months due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
With the DMRC already installing several safety precautions for passengers, the move to go cashless and contactless may bring more people back to using the travel service soon.
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