New Delhi buses will soon go hi-tech with e-ticket system
It’s really great that common people in India shall be able to attain the hi-tech facility. New Delhi buses shall become soon hi-tech with e-tickets system facility. The public buses shall soon be having electronic ticketing machines installed in them. It has been decided by the Central government, that in the first phase of this project, 200 buses of Rohini and Rajghat bus depots shall be equipped with ETMs within the end of January. After that the facility shall be introduced within rest of the DTC fleet by the end of June. According to an estimate, there are 4500 buses that weave through the city out of which 3775 are low floor and 1275 are air conditioned.
Still at an experimental level
Once the ETMs are installed in buses, common mobility cards shall be introduced for travelling in both DTC and metro. This is definitely going to be advantageous, since a huge amount of papers shall be saved which in turn will save a large number of trees since papers are prepared from wood. But it cannot be assured that this is definitely going to be a permanent step by the central government because this project is still in an experimental level. The common mobility card was also proposed in the year 2010 during common wealth games but due to financial reasons, it was not implemented.
A hassle free automated fare generation process
This is first step towards automated fare collection which includes Delhi Metro and other means of public transport. Beyond doubt this hi-tech facility of automated fare generation shall also reduce a lot of chaos within buses. But at the same time, we need to remember that during heavy traffic hours, a large number of people board these public buses. Huge tickets should be generated within a short time on a daily basis. This might become troublesome because we are still not aware regarding how much pressure these ETMs can take at peak times.
Importance of contingencies for emergency circumstances
According to reports this can become a major issue because if ETM’s malfunction due to heavy usage on a daily basis, those buses shall be either required to run on paper ticket as it used to run previously or those buses shall not become available for individuals till those machines are not repaired. And if so many buses are not available during office hours, it will create agitation among people and other modes of transport shall become overcrowded. This is the reason, it is essential to think about a contingency plan if the ETM’s malfunction during weekdays or peak hours. The project seems to be a really feasible one in future since it is also an eco-friendly project, but at the same time, the contingencies need to be considered for sudden incidents.