The national capital's Delhi government has approved a 10 per cent discount in the fares of the DTC buses and cluster buses on tickets purchased through its e-ticketing mobile application on Saturday.
The e-ticketing mobile application will also show the expected time of arrival (ETA) of buses and the information about the nearest available electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The e-ticketing mobile application is available in both English and Hindi language.
Kailash Gahlot, the Minister of Delhi's Transport has addressed the decision as a "welcome step, especially in the middle of the ongoing (COVID-19) pandemic, to reduce spread through surface contact".
A statement mentioned him as saying that launched the Common Mobility Card in 2018 saw a large number of private car users shift to public transport.
The Transport Minister said,"I am hoping that the state of the art buses, with increased surveillance and safety features and right incentives like the ones we are offering through e-ticketing apps and the Common Mobility card, will be a much-needed push for Delhiites to adopt public transport as their default mode of transport."
All the buses are under surveillance and being tracked by a centralised command and control centre, and this smarter modes of ticketing will be a crucial step in data management and monitoring.
Kailash Gahlot also said that the department also proposes application based ticketing to help in the generation of better passenger onboarding data that can be analysed to rationalise routes and better services for the passengers.
The statement further stated that e-ticketing step will also save revenue on printing, storage, manpower, and the data-storage mechanism. A combined fleet size of DTC and cluster buses is of 6,750 in Delhi that witnesses an average daily ridership of 49 lakh passengers.