Kolkata: Kolkata Metro Railway agreeing to join the initiative for an all in one transport card to integrate the ticketing system across all modes of the transport system. The expansion of the Kolkata Transport Card (KTC) designed on the lines of London’s Oyster card. Major cities across the globe have similar transport cards such as Navigo Pass in Paris, Pasmo in Tokyo, CPTC in Shanghai and Smartlink in New York.
“Metro Railway has shown interest in integrating its ticketing system with the transport card. So apart from the Metro card, there will be an all in one transport card which can be used across categories of mass transit modes within the metropolis” said Bengal’s additional chief secretary (transport) Alapan Bandyopadhyay.
“Since everything is done electronically, the system also champions transparency,” said Narayan Swarup Nigam, Secretary of Transport and MD of West Bengal Transport Corporation. Nigam had visited London to see how the Oyster card works.
“ We also want seamless commuting of passengers from one mode to another. We are working on it and have already held meetings with banks on the payments gateways. Moreover, our smart gates need to be recalibrated for this integration” said Metro Railway Chief Public Relations Officer Indrani Banerjee.
The KTC, launched in March last year, currently the network of state transport buses operating in the city with trams and ferries likely to join the integrated system by this year-end. KTC plan will be hit commuters in large number to reduce bus transport hassle. It will also become the easiest way to travel and a better future to go cashless. Wider use of the card will also help map Kolkata’s mobility pattern.