|Common Mobility Card - For Better Bus and Metro|
Transportation is a very essential need in today's life. Specially in modern cities like, Delhi, Mumbai etc which can be the smart cities of India, transportation should be make easier.
And Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has taken one step in this field. Mr. Arvind Kejriwal and transport minister Kailash Gahlot launched the Common Mobility Card, basically the Metro Smart Card, which now can be used in Delhi Metro as well as in DTC and cluster buses in Delhi. They launched this card by traveling in bus and buying ticket from Metro Smart Card.
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This is launched in trial basis and if everything will be fine then from 1st April this service will be started. Once started, then Delhi will be the first city in India, who started this cashless system. The same service had been started on trial basis in 2011 by the former CM Sheela Dikshit. But that was not succeeded. However at this time this service can succeed supporting Digital India and Smart City mission.
It has the deep and direct utility for commuters. However its real power or use can be in the potential to create the unique transport structure in the city. By receiving real time big data on transportation usage.
Data is the most important component of transportation planning. According the studies, almost more than 40 % of total population travel from public transport. And the city had the population of 17 million according the survey in 2011, and the number is increasing substantially. The extent of Delhi Metro also increased. Therefore the primary problem in transport planning in Delhi is the lack of real time data which is essential for planners to plan a most responsive to the need of people. The data received from card will help decision makers to make responsible decisions.
The technical data received from this card could be made public for surveys or research, or could be used for planners to plan the most productive transportation structure. From these cards, the useful data, like from which platform commuters travel most often metro or bus and where is the more need of buses and where the need of metro etc. These data are useful for planners.
Like in Netherlands is focusing on his better bicycle path from the data received from cycles. Singapore is tracking the movement within the city and using the data to improve the efficiency. Such technology is now needed in Indian cities also to provide a good service.
By using this card, the transportation fare could be reliable, as currently in Delhi Metro. Currently in Metro the fare from Smart Card is calculated according to the telescopic distance from source station to destination station, so this is reliable. So this facility is good for commuters who have to travel daily from public transport.
Public transport is an economic enabler and, if kept reliable, then this allow users for great access. If the service will be good, then people will want to travel through public transport instead waiting in the traffic. Infrastructure should be also better but at this time the most important in cities is the Real Time Data. Which if, this card will succeed in giving the data then this will be the great success for Delhi Public Transportation.
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