Lucknow: UPMRC MD Kumar Keshav addressed a webinar titled ‘Digital Uttar Pradesh 2021- Drive augmentation of e-governance’ where he highlighted the importance of common payment platforms.* In an insightful address Kumar Keshav emphasised upon the need for smarter and technology advanced mobility solutions along with multi-modal integration of transport systems.
The other eminent panellists who took part in this e-conference were Alicia Guiterrez & Ian Macpherson from SAP Corporation who are experts in the field of digital solutions.
Keshav also highlighted the importance of a common single payment platform which can be accessed for multiple payments. For example, the Metro GoSmart card is being used to make payments for certain utilities like house tax, telephone bill as well as for commuting via various modes of mass transit like bus, auto, e-rickshaw.
He also pointed out that same metro ‘GoSmart’ card of Lucknow Metro will be applicable for multiple metro in cities like Agra & Kanpur metro for sake of convenience of commuters.
He remarked, “We need to adapt and implement such options which are cost-effective, sustainable and consumer-centric so as to enhance travel experience of the commuters. The projects of UPMRC which are already operational and those which are in the execution and construction stage have been planned with intensive use of modern technology and world-class infrastructural technique.
In the designing and construction work of metro stations we are using BIM technology. This Building Information modelling is designing the construction from 3 dimensions to 5 dimensions. It saves not only time but also cost.
We have efficiently used high-end technology in UP Metro right from the installation of CCTV cameras for better safety & surveillance of both the station premises and inside metro trains, automatic fare collection systems, private partnership for better coordination and working, etc.”
He also elaborated upon the aspect of last-mile connectivity and stating that last mile connectivity is a very important issue to be taken care of in the public transport sector. Lucknow Metro has initiated several tie-ups with taxi services like Uber, and a quick bike taxi service ‘Rapido’.
There are also several feeder bus services that will connect the commuters to nearby metro stations making travel more convenient.