Travel smart on Noida’s Aqua Line

Smart card can be used on lo­cal buses, park­ing lots, even as a debit card at shop­ping malls

DNA (Delhi) - - COMMUNITY - DNA Correspondent correspondent@dnain­dia.net

The Noida Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion (NMRC) is in the process of un­veil­ing an all-pur­pose smart card, which will en­able com­muters to use it as a Metro card for the Aqua Line, as well as for a host of other fa­cil­i­ties. The card can be used to travel on lo­cal buses, at park­ing lots, and even as a debit card at shop­ping malls.

Se­nior NMRC of­fi­cials said that un­like the to­ken sys­tem used on Delhi Metro, the Aqua Line would have QR-coded pa­per tick­ets for sin­gle jour­neys. Com­muters can also check in and out us­ing a mo­bile app.

How­ever, pas­sen­gers on the 29.7-kilo­me­tre line be­tween Sector 71 of Noida and de­pot sta­tion in Greater Noida will not be able to use the Delhi Metro smart card, the of­fi­cial added.

“The NMRC has part­nered with State Bank of In­dia (SBI) for the ‘City 1’ cards, which could be used on metro rail, Noida city buses, park­ing lots, and even as a debit card for shop­ping,” NMRC ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor PD Upad­hyay said.

He added that the NMRC saved Rs 100 crore by join­ing hands with SBI for sale of tick­ets and cards. “This part­ner­ship is on a rev­enue shar­ing model. The en­tire in­vest­ment is done by SBI in re­turn for rev­enue shar­ing,” he said.

The card will have mul­ti­ple op­tions for trav­ellers to choose from, depend­ing on the fre­quency of their jour­neys — day-long passes, trip tick­ets and monthly passes. “Trip tick­ets, for ex­am­ple, may mean that if you travel reg­u­larly from Sta­tion A to Sta­tion B, as sev­eral peo­ple work­ing in of­fices do, you can use this op­tion to get the best fare on the route you use reg­u­larly,” Upad­hyay said.

He added that the users would also get a sin­gle jour­ney pa­per ticket, which would have a QR code printed on it.

“You just tap the QR code on the AFC gate and check-in or check-out. Th­ese pa­per tick­ets will be used in­stead of to­kens, be­cause the lat­ter can be a con­cern of rev­enue leak­age,” he said.

Talk­ing about the mo­bile app for Aqua Line, he said com­muters can use it to check in or out of the sys­tem. The app is avail­able free of cost for An­droid and iOS.

The of­fi­cial in­formed that dur­ing ini­tial days, tick­ets would be sold at Metro sta­tions. Each sta­tion would host two ticket coun­ters and one cus­tomer care cen­tre. “Ma­chines would be in­stalled later at all sta­tions for vend­ing the QR-coded pa­per tick­ets as well as for recharg­ing the ‘City 1’ cards,” he said.

The NMRC has part­nered with State Bank of In­dia (SBI) for the ‘City 1’ cards, which could be used on metro rail, Noida city buses, park­ing lots, and even as a debit card for shop­ping.

PD Upad­hyay,

Ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, NMRC

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