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Delhi, Noida metros will align cards, says NMRC. But it’ll be a long wait

NOIDA: The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) on Wednesday said the sensible card it issues will likely be eligible to be used in Delhi metro networks and vice-versa “in long run” but did not spell out a time period.

The assurance from NMRC, which has been facing questions on why its ticketing device isn’t seamless with Delhi metro’s, is fearless because, for this to occur, DMRC should overhaul its ticketing device and necessitate alternative of over 30 lakh DMRC sensible playing cards which were issued.

Launching NMRC’s shuttle cellular software, its managing director Alok Tandon said: “One doubt used to be on your minds that whether one price tag can help a commuter shuttle in the DMRC teach. I would like to explain that DMRC is in the means of upgrading its device. Once they upgrade their methods, our sensible playing cards will change into interchangeable but it's going to take a while.”

DMRC did not remark. “The NMRC card will likely be acceptable in NMRC buses along side the metro hall (Aqua Line). However, for DMRC shuttle, as of now, a new price tag will likely be required,” Tandon said.

The Aqua Line’s ticketing device is an open-loop one since it may be used as a card to make different purchases as neatly. This will make the transition of DMRC’s device, if it occurs, a time-consuming one. “The open loop device would require a hyperlink with a financial institution and the (DMRC) card should be upgraded to a banking card. This will lead to alternative of playing cards but will take no less than two years,” said an NMRC professional.

This integration, on the other hand, will likely be restricted to the sensible card. The DMRC token can't be used in the NMRC device and the NMRC price tag can't be utilized in DMRC. So, an individual who doesn’t wish to prevent at any price tag counters right through a ride at the Aqua and another DMRC line will wish to purchase a smart card.

While aligning the metro playing cards is a long-term plan, NMRC has set to work at the immediate issue of providing commuters connectivity between the Sector 51 station (Aqua Line) and Sector 52 station (Blue Line extension, which is likely to be introduced soon), which might be 350 metres apart but don't have connected terminals. NMRC said it's going to start a free travel bus and e-rickshaw service between the 2 stations soon.

TOI had previous reported that the proposed skywalk between the 2 stations has come up in opposition to a technical hurdle because of a 1000 square business plot between the 2 stations. Tandon said the Blue Line extension from Noida City Centre to Electronic City “goes to open soon”. Around 80% of the price of development the line has been paid by the Noida Authority, he said.

While DMRC managing director Mangu Singh told media at the day of the Aqua Line’s commissioning (Jan 25) that the Blue Line extension will open by February-end, NMRC officials said they anticipated the line to just open in March.

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