Common Mobility Card Scheme – Now You can use Metro Cards in DTC Buses in Delhi

Published Date - 03 February 2018 11:02:05 Updated Date - 03 February 2018 11:02:48

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday boarded a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus outside his office at Delhi Secretariat with his Metro Card, thus inaugurating Delhi Government's 'Common Mobility Card' scheme.

The scheme is aimed at making travel more convenient, seamless and cashless for commuters in the national capital. The CMC or Common Mobility Card can be used by commuters to board both the Delhi Metro and DTC busses across the city.

Speaking to the press while deboarding the bus, Kejriwal said, "Today is a very important day for the city of Delhi and its people. We have launched the Common Mobility Card, which can be used by commuters in both Delhi Metro and in DTC busses. In fact, this common mobility card can be used in any mode of transport in Delhi that has an electronic ticketing system."


He added, "As of today, this card is be used in the Delhi Metro, 200 DTC busses and 50 cluster busses. From April 1 onwards, the card will be functional in all DTC and Cluster busses across the national capital."

When asked why there was such a delay in rolling out the card, which was first conceived by the Sheila Dikshit government, Kejriwal said, "You should ask her (former CM Sheila Dikshit) why there was a delay. But whatever the reason for the delay, what's important is that now the card is here and it will make life easier for the residents of Delhi."

The Common Mobility Card comes at a time when the Delhi government is locked in a battle with the Centre and the office of the Lieutenant Governor over the hike in Delhi Metro fares.

Common Mobility Card Scheme – Usage

The method to use this common card is described below:-

  1. To use this common mobility card, people can tap the Metro Card option on the Electronic Ticketing Machine or ETM in the bus.
  2. Afterwards, this machine will generate an e-ticket and will also show the remaining balance in the account of passenger.
  3. Currently, only the conductors utilize these ETM machines to generate tickets.
  4. After deduction of the ticket amount, the money will get credited to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Account (DMRC).
  5. Finally, DMRC will transfer this amount to the bank account of the Delhi Government.
  6. Furthermore after the pilot phase is over, govt. will design new mobility cards having the names of DMRC and Delhi govt. embedded on it.

This common card will function like Debit Card in all buses in Delhi. The total number of DTC buses is 3900 and the number of cluster buses is 1600 in Delhi. People can make use of this Common Mobility Card in all buses from 1 April 2018.

Common Mobility Card Scheme

The important features and highlights of this scheme are as follows:-

  • In the first phase, this scheme will enable the commuters to make use of this mobility card in Delhi Metro and 250 selected buses. These buses includes 200 DTC buses and 50 cluster buses.
  • However, govt. will make it fully functional for use in Metro trains, DTC buses and cluster buses from 1 April 2018.

This Common Mobility Cards will remain available for purchase and recharge purposes. All the people can buy them or refill them from any Metro Station, Railway Station, Airports, Inter State Bus terminals and DTC bus pass counters.

Here are five things you should know about the common mobility card:

1. Metro smart card holders will be able to travel cashless on 200 DTC buses and 50 cluster buses for now. Just give your smart card to the conductor when you board a bus. He will swipe it on the device for you. You’ll be given a paper ticket, which will have the serial number of your Metro card and the remaining balance in it.

2. As of now, the buses that start from Rohini I, Rajghat and Banda Bahadur Marg depots will have this feature. This means buses plying on routes from Mori Gate to Mayur Vihar Phase III, Jahangirpuri to Anand Vihar and Mukherjee Nagar to Inderpuri will offer this service.

3. Delhi is the first city in India to introduce an e-purse travel system that can perform transactions as low as Rs 5. Don’t expect a discount in fare though if you are using the smart card on the bus. Such an incentive is offered only in the Metro network so far. The bus fares will remain unchanged.

4. Did you even notice the ETMs in DTC and cluster buses before? Well, they were already installed there. The transport department only added the Secure Access Modules (SAMs) chips that to these machines to equip them to read the Metro cards. The chips that cost Rs 2,000 per bus were imported from South Korea.

5. If the system becomes popular, the government may consider extending it to Metro feeder buses as well. Hong Kong’s Octopus card, London’s Oyster card and Japan’s Suica card is not only used on buses and the Metro but are also accepted for making payments in retail shops.


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