Noida Metro to soon finalise Agency for Metro Smart Card

NOIDA: With the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida gearing up to witness the commissioning of the 29.7-km Metro link by December 2017, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) is leaving no stone unturned in readying the supporting Metro-related infrastructural facilities. The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) on Monday issued a tender to hire an agency for launching ‘one city, one card’ smart card, before the 30km Noida-Greater Noida Metro link becomes operational by April 2018.

Having initiated a tender for appointing an agency for launching ‘one city, one card’ smart card, NMRC will finalize the company for the project on April 18. This card will enable a Metro passenger to ride the metro, city bus service, for cinema tickets, shopping at stations and for paying parking charges. With this card, a passenger will not need cash to avail these services. Officials said that the card will enable passengers to conduct cashless transactions for a wide array of services, including travel and shopping. This card will enable residents and visitors to use the metro and city bus services, pay parking charges, buy cinema tickets and do shopping, officials said.

NMRC has invited leading banks to participate in the tender process and will finalise the company on April 18. According to NMRC officials, leading banks have been invited to participate in the tender process. “Banks along with a technology partner will be appointed to develop the payment gateway for the ‘one city, one card’ project,” said Santosh Yadav, Managing Director, NMRC. “The smart cards will be developed with the aim of providing an open loop card payment system that would enable multi-model transport ticketing. The advanced card, will look like an ATM card and commuters will be able to swipe it at the machines installed at the Metro Rail stations,” he explained.

Yadav further explained that the same card will be used by commuters to travel on other modes of transport in the city that is the feeder services for the Metro and City Buses. “It will also be used for shopping purpose and for utility payments,” he said. “The agency we appoint will be responsible for setting up the project, maintaining it and operating it. Vending machines, gates at Metro stations, automatic card readers, etc will be put up by the agency on a PPP model,” he added.