BENGALURU: The much-awaited cashless ride in Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation(BMTC) buses is inching closer to reality. The corporation will issue over 100 smart cards to commuters as part of the long-delayed project, which will be launched on a pilot basis this month.
BMTC had earlier said it would kick off the system in January but deferred it. Officials said while technical hiccups prevented the January rollout, the project was postponed for another reason — the government wanted to announce it in the budget.
The corporation has already tested the sytem among its staffers from December 2016 to January 2017 to identify the glitches, if any. A senior official said the system faced connectivity problems in the past. “With internet infrastructure in India still being poor, data connectivity is not strong at all times in all places. This was the only problem we experienced,” he said.
The common mobility card is a part of the implementation of an interoperable automatic fare collection (AFC) system for public transport in accordance with the National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP), 2006. The system aims to offer a seamless system to commuters.