Buy ticket for NMMT bus on­line, en­joy free WiFi

Pi­lot pro­ject starts on two routes for three months

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

TURBHE: Com­muters in the city can now book bus tick­ets on­line and avail free WiFi on se­lect buses.

Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port (NMMT), which is of­fer­ing the ser­vices, said it is the first pub­lic trans­port un­der­tak­ing in the state to of­fer an on­line tick­et­ing ser­vice and WiFi ser­vice. The ser­vices will en­able com­muters to book bus tick­ets on the go through the mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion ‘Ridlr’.

The NMMT has en­tered into a con­tract with Ridlr for on­line tick­et­ing on two of its routes- 123 and 125. The ser­vice, which was started on De­cem­ber 28, is avail­able for Volvo air-con­di­tioned buses.

The NMMT an­nounced on Fri­day that the pi­lot pro­ject has been in­tro­duced on the two routes for three months and will be im­ple­mented on other routes there­after.

Com­muters can down­load the Ridlr app, se­lect the desti­na­tion and pay through the mo­bile wal­let for an e-ticket. This ticket is then to be shown to the con­duc­tor for val­i­da­tion.

The WiFi ser­vice too is a pi­lot pro­ject for three months on the same routes. Pas­sen­gers have to en­ter ‘ridlr’ as the pass­word which will get them un­lim­ited ac­cess to Air­tel 2G ser­vice through­out the ride.

“With the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of the bus routes, mo­bile tick­et­ing is sure to add to the con­ve­nience of the com­muters,” said San­jay Pat­ti­war, ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC).

He said, “An al­ter­na­tive mode of tick­et­ing to the con­ven­tional pa­per tick­ets would be of great help to pas­sen­gers. A sim­ple process and ease of ac­cess will en­tice users to switch to mo­bile tick­et­ing for their daily com­mute.”

“The move is in line with the NMMC’s com­mit­ment to of­fer a bet­ter com­mut­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to the pas­sen­gers,” said Shirish Arad­wad, NMMT gen­eral man­ager, who has been spear­head­ing strate­gic tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions.

He said, “The ser­vice will save com­muters’ time. The WiFi ser­vice will help at­tract the youth and pro­fes­sion­als to the buses.”

Bri­jraj Vaghani, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Ridlr, said, “We saw peo­ple fac­ing mul­ti­ple prob­lems in their daily com­mute such as wait­ing in long queues, spend­ing a lot of time at book­ing coun­ters and strug­gling with change to pay for tick­ets.”

He added, “Cur­rently, Ridlr of­fers tick­et­ing so­lu­tion for NMMT and Mum­bai Metro. Soon, we will of­fer tick­ets for BEST and other trans­porta­tion bod­ies.”

Ravi Khe­mani, co-founder of Ridlr, said, “We are aim­ing to save time by get­ting rid of pa­per tick­ets and long queues.”

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