Metro stations along Kanakapura Road to accept common mobility card | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The Kanakapura Road Metro corridor (Yelachenahalli-Anjanapura), which is likely to be operational from November 1, is all set to have advanced ticketing facilities.
Its automatic fare collection system will be fully compliant with the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC). A passenger can also use his/her mobile phone to enter/exit by flashing a QR code at the AFC gates. NCMC could eventually be used in other modes of public transport like BMTC as well.
The facilities will eventually be extended to all Metro stations, including existing ones. However, passengers may have to wait till August 2021 to use them. “While the gates at new stations will be NCMC and QR code-compliant from the date of their commissioning, actual usage may start from August 2021, when gates at old stations get retrofitted,” said BMRCL managing director Ajay Seth.
While AFC gates at existing corridors like Byappanahalli-Mysuru Road and Nagasandra-Yelachenahalli will have to be retrofitted, those at upcoming lines like Byappanahalli-Whitefield, Mysuru Road-Chellaghatta, Nagasandra-BIEC, Bommasandra-RV Road, Gottigere-Nagawara, Silk Board-KR Puram-Kempegowda International Airport will accept NCMC and QR code from the beginning.
“While a card exclusive for Metro will continue (as in the case currently), an NCMC-holder can use it in Metro/public transport, at parking lots or even in taxis once all operators upgrade their fare collection systems to be NCMC compliant,” said Seth.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2019 had launched NCMC, also known as One Nation One Card, to facilitate single-card usage across transport modes and also for payment of parking fees and toll. As a pilot, BMRCL has installed new AFC gates at Mysuru Road and Byappanahalli stations which are NCMC compliant.
BMRCL has missed several deadlines to implement NCMC: November 2019, January 2020 and December 2020. Pradeep KB, a techie and Whitefield resident, said: “Last year, BMRCL responded to my RTI query saying the card will be ready in nine months but one year has passed and there’s no progress. If Kochi Metro can do it, why not Bengaluru?”

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