Govt will use E-ticketing System to Minimise Contact
As Coronavirus numbers are increasing day by day, so to ensure Minimise contact between passengers and conductors. The Delhi government came with a Idea for E-ticketing System for DTC Buses Tickets. The state transport department has run a trial for contactless Online ticketing system in few Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) cluster buses.
The trial run involves ‘One Delhi’ mobile application operational upgrades with an online ticket booking system for buying bus tickets in advance or in buses. The government is also looking on expanding E-ticketing service to privately-run firms. Due to Delhi metro remains close, the buses demands will leads to increase among public for travelling. This contactless E-ticketing System will roll out in a month or two.
E-ticketing System for DTC Buses
A research was in process by Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Delhi, who is handling this project. IIIT told Hindustan Times that in the upgraded application, passengers are able to pay either based on the fare or as per the destination. DTC and cluster bus fares in Delhi varies from ₹5, ₹10, ₹15 and (for AC buses) ₹25. In the updated application passenger will need to enter the bus and bus route numbers, which will be available in a drop-down option format.
As the system is based on API (application interface), it can be linked with apps like, PayTM, Flipkart, Ola or Uber. To complete this successfully, the authorities will need to enter data of every bus number and route in the app and additionally they have to enable maximum GPS tracking of each bus. Presently, all cluster buses have GPS trackers, & DTC buses do not have GPS Tracking.
A field trial was done on Thursday in an AC DTC bus (number 763) at the Indraprastha bus depot, routed from Nizamuddin railway station to the Uttam Nagar bus terminal. A special task force was organized which was led by deputy commissioner (cluster), are asked to conduct these trials to make timely coordination and implementation of contactless online/mobile ticketing inside DTC and cluster buses so there is no need of any physical contact between the conductor and commuter, which earlier takes place due to exchange of cash or ticket.
As per the DTC Officials in the DTC, they are over 1,000 buses operated for public transport in Delhi & over 1,600 are operated for health workers and to maintain law and order.
So it takes time of a month or two that Govt will use E-ticketing System for DTC Buses Tickets to Minimise Contact but if all goes well then it will surely a good step towards normalization.