Bengaluru, India (Urban Transport News): The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has given tasks to two private mobile app developer companies to develop an application through which commuters can book an autorickshaw or a cab along with a Namma Metro ticket on their phones.
"The multi-modal urban mobility platform Citility and GIZ India, which had set up the city’s first Green Urban Mobility Innovation Living Lab in Bengaluru in association with Bosch, have been asked to develop the app," said Anjum Parwez, Managing Director, BMRCL.
“It is at a nascent stage and we have explained our requirements to them. They will take some months to come up with it, but as soon as one of those is ready with it, we will launch it immediately for commuters," he added.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) has been working on it as a pilot project. “The idea is that the app will link third parties so that autorickshaws or cabs can be booked when the commuter is at home, ahead of taking the Metro ride. Various options are being discussed to realise the project,” said an official.
The same was confirmed by V. Manjula, who recently conferred with "Most Innovative Urban Mobility Leader" Award at the 2nd Urban Infra Business Summit & Awards 2022 held on 7th November 2022 in New Delhi, and is presently working as Commissioner of Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT).
Responding to a query about if Namma Metro app would become redundant if tickets were to be booked using the new mobility app, Parwez said, “The passengers will not be aware of the processing but it will make use of our app".
The national common mobility card or app allows passengers to use different modes of transport without the hassle of multiple payments or multiple apps.