The Delhi Metro is all set to become the first metro in India with an official app. The app will provide information to customers regarding fares and stations including new ones coming up in Phase III. The DMRC has floated a tender for developing the application, for which the final date of submission is March 28.
The application is expected to work offline without any data connectivity .
Some facilities that the application will provide include information about the nearest metro station, fare between stations, timings of last and first train at various stations, travel time, route information, metro map and parking availability on the station premises.
The app will also help commuters find landmarks and tourist spots near metro stations, get information about feeder services and helpline numbers. It will have a graphical representation of the Metro Map which will enable users to pan in, zoom in and out, and display user’s current location on the metro route map.
Details of feeder buses available at different stations with their routes, DTC buses in route of metro station will also be available on the application.
The application will provide details of the Metro Museum, such as how to reach the museum, timing, holidays, souvenir and their price, and whom to contact for assistance.
DMRC Helpline numbers for assistance, suggestion, complaint, and feedback and security helpline numbers to be contacted during emergency or security threat will be available in the application.
The app will also have a frequently asked questions section where there will be things like how to use smart cards, the items which are not allowed to be carried in the metro train and timings of the station.
The tender states that the approximate cost of development of smartphone application for DMRC is 3,65,170/-. The cost of the tender form is Rs 1050 and the tender security amount is Rs 7,303.
The work is expected to be completed by three months from date of the letter of acceptance.
Individual app developers are unfortunately not going to be able to apply. This we see as a major loss, for the small developers who could have really used this opportunity.
While this is good move by the DMRC, we noticed that it is not mentioned for which all smartphone platforms the app needs to be developed for.
While there are already, countless apps on the App Store as well as the Google Play Store which offer similar functionality, an official app will definitely be more popular as the DMRC will put some marketing muscle behind it.
Just in case you don’t want to wait for the official app, we suggest you give the following apps a try in Delhi:
Windows Phone: Delhi Metro