The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) plans to organise a competition to finalise the design of the card for the proposed Integrated Ticketing System (ITS). With ITS, all transportation corridors within the city will be integrated and commuters can use a single smart card- based ticket to travel in all modes of transport, including suburban railway system, Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses, the monorail and the existing and upcoming metro corridors.
“We will soon come up with a request to the public for the design of the card with regard to the logo, name and other details. The competition will be open to everybody,” said Sanjay Khandare, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.
The consultants, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), have prepared the Detailed Project Report (DPR) and MMRDA now proposes to invite bids for the vendor. “The DPR for the project is almost finalised and the steering committee has approved it. We should be inviting bids for the vendors in December,” added Khandare.
While Mumbai is expected to be the first city in the country to experience integrated transport, it proposes to integrate it with the National Common Mobility Card in the future. Meanwhile, the MMRDA is still awaiting a written confirmation from the Railways regarding their integration in the single ticketing system.
“The Railways have appointed Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) as the nodal agency for the integration. While they are on board we have not received in writing that they are going to be a part of it. However, that will happen in the due course of time,” he said.
According to MMRDA officials, PwC will continue to help them through the bidding process to finalise a vendor, which is likely to take another eight months. MMRDA had earlier launched a competition for coming up with design ideas for the makeover of the Maharashtra Nature Park in Mahim and more recently for designing the stations of the Dahisar East-Andheri East Metro 7 corridor.