For the first time in the country, a FASTag/UPI based cashless parking facility was launched today at the Kashmere Gate Metro Station by Dr. Mangu Singh, MD, DMRC in the presence of senior officials of DMRC and National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). As part of the Multi-Model Integration (MMI) initiative, dedicated Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) lanes for Auto, Taxi and E-Rickshaws were also inaugurated at station.
This exclusively cashless parking facility located at Gate No.6 of the Kashmere Gate Station can accommodate 55 four-wheelers and 174 two-wheelers. The entry/exit and payment of 4-wheelers can be done through the FASTag. The parking fee will be deducted through FASTag, which will reduce the time for entry and payment. Only the vehicles with FASTag will be allowed to park in this facility.
The entry for 2-wheelers can be done only by swiping the DMRC smart card. The smart card swipe is used only for registering the time of entry/exit and fare calculation and no money will be deducted from the card. The parking fee can be paid by UPI apps by scanning the QR Code. In future, the payment can also be made through DMRC/NCMC cards. The facility is a pilot project of DMRC. Further, DMRC is planning to set up similar systems at more of its parking facilities across Delhi-NCR.
In addition, the dedicated Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) lanes for Auto, Taxi and E-Rickshaws were also inaugurated by MD, DMRC at Gate No.6 & 8 of the Kashmere Gate station. These lanes will enable a smooth movement of vehicles and enhance the last mile connectivity at the station. This initiative is part of the Multi-model Integration (MMI) project taken up at the station.
In the second phase of MMI, which is under construction, there will be a Food Court (to be established by DTIDC) and also a Bus-Terminal (3 lanes with 5 bus capacity each) to be constructed by DMRC. After completion of the second phase, Kashmere Gate will be a transportation hub, integrating metro connectivity on Line -1, Line -2 & Line -6 with parking facility, ISBT Kashmere Gate, City Bus Service and Taxi/Auto/e-Rikshaw services.
These facilities will provide a major relief to commuters travelling from/to the Kashmere Gate station, which is connected to a major ISBT and several offices around the station. The Kashmere Gate station is the only triple-interchange station of DMRC and is among the busiest stations of the network.
“The cashless parking project is a major step as part of the government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative. We have taken this up as a pilot project. After observing the response, we will plan similar systems at more parking facilities at our stations. In fact, we will explore more opportunities to go digital wherever there is a scope. This will not only help us in modernizing the facilities, but will also help the commuters by saving their time and ease the process. Under MMI, we have many other projects, which will be implemented in a graded manner,” Dr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director said.
NPCI stated, “We are pleased to partner with DMRC to introduce the country’s first 100% digital parking plaza along with the NETC FASTag contactless car parking solution at their Kashmere Gate Metro Station. The parking plaza would accept NETC FASTag for 4 wheelers & UPI payments for all 2 wheelers. With NETC FASTag, it’s our constant endeavour to provide seamless, cashless and automated toll and parking payment solutions.”