Smart card for train journey on Howrah and Mumbai routes

Passengers will soon be able to use smart cards for buying train tickets on the busy Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai routes and also in the Kolkata Metro.

“A pan-India multi-purpose smart card is going to be launched by railways in two most sought after routes on a pilot basis shortly and the modalities are being worked for it,” said a senior Railway Ministry official involved in the project.

Aptly named Go-India card, it can be used for booking tickets for long distance and sub-urban trains on Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Horwah routes.

Asked whether the scheme will be extended to other routes, officials said, “the pilot project is for one year and depending on the response we will decide for its extension on other routes”.

The Go-India card proposal, as announced in the Rail Budget 2011-12, will be implemented in two phases.

“While in the first phase it will allow the passenger to buy train tickets in the Delhi-Kolkata and Delhi-Mumbai routes, Kolkata Metro will be included in the second phase,” he said.

One can book reserved and unreserved tickets using the Go-India card at booking counters, automatic ticketing vending machines (ATVM) and also through the Internet.

All major stations like Kanpur, Allahabad and Dhanbad in Delhi-Howrah route and Baroda and Surat in Delhi-Mumbai sector will have facilities for using Go-India card.

The Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS), the IT arm of railways, is making the software for the smart card.

“We will sign an agreement with a nationalised bank shortly to make the Go-India card operational,” the official said adding, “our aim is to make booking of tickets for train journey a hassle-free exercise for the passenger as this will act as a single window package for long distance, sub-urban and metro journeys.”

Railways plan for ‘Go-India’ smart card

The Indian Railways plans to introduce on a pilot basis a pan-India, multi-purpose smart card known as ‘Go-India’. The card will be first tried out on the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah sectors, including the Allahabad railway station. In yet another initiative, the Railways has completed a feasibility study, the first phase of a project, to devise methods to reduce emissions from diesel locomotives and ensure that they meet international emission standards. The second phase of the project, which involves developing a prototype of the new emission system for the diesel locomotives, is under process. The Indian Railways consumes about 2.5 billion litres of diesel annually. The Railways also has introduced refrigerated vans to facilitate transport of perishable commodities such as fruits, vegetables, frozen foods, chocolates, milk products and pharmaceuticals. At present the Railways has ten refrigerated parcel vans which are attached to mail / express trains as per demand. Besides this, it has 98 insulated and ventilated containers which run as special trains on demand. These containers have been procured by Container Corporation of India (CONCOR), an Indian Railways subsidiary.

Monorail to have automatic fare collection system

mbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has marked a new advancement in the development of Monorail with the contract for Automated Fare Collection system (AFCS) being awarded to a Spanish Company ‘Indra’. The contract has been signed between L&T-Scomi consortium and Indra to set up Automated Fare Collection System on all the Monorail stations of Phase 1 between Chembur to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk. This Automated Fare Collection System will work with Smart Card or with a token available at each Mono and Metrorail stations, a release issued here today stated.

A factory acceptance test was undertaken by MMRDA along with the consortium, post which the orders were issued to manufacture the automated gates which are being currently manufactured in China. The Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS) will be based on the Mifare software system which essentially means that the automated system will facilitate purchase of pre-paid tickets and their subsequent use through electronic systems to permit access to or from the transport mode. For seamless travel between Mono and Metro, this system will also be implemented with Metro project.

Ratnakar Gaikwad, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA said ”The AFCS will be compatible with the integrated ticketing system being planned, which will also facilitate a well-integrated public transport system in the coming future. As it is imperative that travel be as seamless as possible and offer a simple integrated fare structure across various modes of transport be it railways, bus, or metro trains.” AFCS will reduce on-board ticketing, help in easy accounting of revenue collection and generate rich information for MIS purposes.

In addition, AFCS will reduce the need for ticket checking staff and help prevent fraud, the release added.

Northern Railway introduces smart card

New Delhi, Nov 13 (PTI) Daily commuters no more need to stand in long queues to purchase tickets for local trains as Northern Railway has decided to introduce smart card-based ticketing system in 30 stations in the NCR region from next week.

The system, which has entailed an investment of Rs 3.21 crore will ensure that suburban passengers need not stand in long queues and instead use smart cards to buy ticket to their destinations, sources said.

“In all, 75 vending machines have been installed in stations falling between Delhi and Palwal and they will start functioning from next week onwards,” they said.

The smart card will be available in ticket booking counters and will come in denomination ranging from Rs 50 to Rs 1000.

Official figures indicate that at present, 70,000 to 80,000 tickets are sold in the Delhi region per day.