The Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) met on Wednesday to discuss ways of expanding the system of electronic ticketing from five to all 6,000 DTC buses in the city.
The electronic ticketing machines were introduced in five DTC buses in January to bring down DTCs operational costs. The ticketing system is operated by DIMTS.
Electronic ticketing machines (ETM) were installed in five buses operating from Millennium Depot. Since then,constant feedback on the ETMs is being collected to assess if the machines were actually bringing down operational costs. Till now,the response has been positive and a meeting of all stakeholders was held to discuss how to move forward with the project. A formal contract with DIMTS for the operation of ETMs is yet to be signed, a government official said.
The machines installed presently,are smart card enabled devices with inbuilt GPRS modules. The system is designed to transfer data from ETMs to the central server without being connected to the computers at the depots. The devices can store up to 800 routes,5,000 bus stops data and over 5,000 transactions,sources said.
Officials said the ETMs are expected to plug revenue leaks and is part of the DTCs efforts to make most of its operations automated. The ETM is a step towards the automated fare collection system. The ETM will ensure that operational costs are brought down along with plugging holes in revenue collection, an official said.
Officials said that ETMs will also help to cut down ticket-less travel by commuters. The system ensures that fare for every ticket sold is accounted for,which at present is done manually. Combined with a majority of the buses getting on GPS soon,officials are hoping that leakage of revenue will be tackled,as the GPS will ensure that buses go on the designated route,and dont miss stops.
These steps are part of an effort to make operations smoother,not only for the commuter but for the transport department as well. Route rationalisation will also be done soon, an official said.
Electronic ticketing machines (ETMs) were introduced in 5 DTC buses in January
The system was introduced with an aim to bring down DTCs
The installed machines are smart card enabled devices with inbuilt GPRS modules
The system is designed to transfer data from ETMs directly to the central server without being connected to the computers at individual depots
The device can store up to 800 routes,5,000 bus stops data and more than 5,000 transactions
The system ensures fare for every ticket is accounted for,helps cut down on ticket-less travelling