Delhi Metro launches India’s first Fastag/UPI based Cashless Parking at Kashmere Gate Metro Station

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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 the 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 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.

NPCI “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.” Ms Praveena Rai COO NPCI.

  • 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.

Specially designed Launcher: 

Meanwhile, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on 5th, July 2021 introduced a major innovation in its construction technology by starting launching work on the Janakpuri West – RK Ashram Marg corridor with a specially designed Launcher attached with a Transporter for the launch of U-girders on its elevated section.

  • The launcher started work near Majlis Park in the presence of DMRC’s Managing Director, Dr. Mangu Singh and other senior officials.
  • In the earlier phases of construction, erection of U-girders was done with the help of two cranes of capacity 350/400T which were placed at each pier location and the U-girders were transported at each pier location with the help of a long trailer having an approximate length of 42m. 
  • In a congested urban area like Delhi, it used to be very challenging to find adequate space for positioning these heavy capacity cranes which occupy a lot of space. 
  • In addition, transporting the U-girders of 28m length with such long trailers was also a herculean task as roads in the NCR are either too congested or have massive traffic volumes even during the night time. 
  • These limitations often discouraged the use of U-girders in construction in spite of the fact that the U-girders are the most suitable structures for viaducts in terms of cost and time.
  • This new state of the art Launcher with Transporter is fully electric with much higher output in comparison to the conventional launchers/cranes.  
  • The Transporter carries the U-girder from one designated point and moves forward on rails laid on the already erected U-girders to further add more U-girders from the feeding point to the launcher. 
  • As a result, the U-girders are to be transported on trailers only up to the feeding point identified at a suitable location and not for the entire length of work. 
  • This results in much less requirement of space.

About the new launcher:

  • This new Launcher is 62m long having a total weight of 230T.  
  • It can negotiate gradients upto 4% and 200m radius curves.  
  • The Transporter which transports the U-girder is 41.75m long having a total weight of 35T.  
  • It can travel with a speed of 3 kmph at no load and 2 kmph at full load.

Benefits during construction:

  • The output of this new innovation is quite high as compared to the conventional method of launching of U-girders.  
  • On an average, 4 to 6 U-girders per day can be erected with this Launcher whereas with the conventional method, about 2 U-girders can be done in congested working environments like in Delhi – NCR. 
  • The erection work of U-girders with conventional cranes can be done only during the night as it requires blocking of roads to position the cranes. 
  • Whereas in case of this new Launcher with Transporter, U-girders are transported with the Transporter on the erected viaduct without any interface with road from a single identified feeding point.
  • Such a technology is being used for the first time in India.  
  • The total load of U-girders to be erected is as high as 160 ton and 462 such U-girders are to be erected in the contract. 
  • This launcher today has been made operational for the construction of a 9.5 kilometre long viaduct from Mukarba Chowk to Ashok Vihar covering four stations namely Bhalswa, Majlis Park, Azadpur and Ashok Vihar and a connection to depot from Majlis Park.

Source: DMRC-Press Release

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