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Seamless travel: You may soon use metro card to pay for parking too

Seamless travel: You may soon use metro card to pay for parking too

EPCA Feels Move Can Help Get Rid Of Illegal Facilities

New Delhi:

You can already use your Delhi Metro smartcard to pay bus fares. It may soon be swiped for parking too. The proposal was discussed in a meeting convened on Tuesday by the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA).

“We can put radars on the back of the scanning devices of parking attendants and configure these in such a manner that one can swipe in and out to pay at a parking lot,” EPCA member Sunita Narain said. This can be the first step towards making the metro card an all-purpose one, she added.

Last year, Delhi government, along with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), launched a rebranded common mobility card, ONE. The card, with the tagline ‘One Delhi, One Ride’, can be used to pay the fares on Delhi Metro and Delhi Transport Corporation and cluster buses.

Although municipal officials were concerned about DMRC collecting the parking fees, a metro official said they would remit it back to the civic agency concerned.

Narain said it was essential to find a technological solution to “make parking seamless and get rid of illegal lots”. Suggesting a meeting with technology providers, she said that after going through their presentations, “we can figure out what has better returns and what works best — be it a geotagging app, RFID tag, QR code or metro smartcard”. Three of these technologies can be tried at the three parking pilot projects in Lajpat Nagar III, Krishna Nagar and Kamla Nagar to figure out by December which is the best, she pointed out.

Last week, EPCA had said it would study the usage of radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags and implement it initially at these three model parking lots, where the municipal corporations will also introduce the parking policy.

Last Monday, the court had directed that RFID should be utilised at institutional and commercial areas and sought a detailed plan for parking at Krishna Nagar and Kamla Nagar in two weeks. The court has also asked the authorities and EPCA to submit a report on the viability and effectiveness of introducing RFID tags, parking guidance and information systems, and lastmile connectivity at these three sites by September 30.